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Russian Spammers Cause Bomb Scare at Bristol City Hall

Photo (c) Mike Uchalid

Russian spammers appear to be the source of email bomb threats that hit Bristol and blanketed the region and nation.

City Hall had a quick bomb scare this week after another email was received that demanded a ransom in exchange for neutralizing the phony bomb.

Law enforcement officials across the country responded this week to a recent string of threats, sent to numerous people via a spam-like email campaign, and stated that no explosive devices have found in connection to the messages.

If you’ve received an email saying that your office will explode if you don’t forward on $20,000 in Bitcoin, stay calm.

The extortion emails demand that recipients send $20,000 in Bitcoin to particular a Bitcoin address. Failure to do so by the end of the working day, the emails stated, would result in that person’s workplace being blown up by an explosive device.

Universities, schools, media outlets, courthouses, and private businesses across the US reported receiving the extortion emails. Some were evacuated as a result.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement on Thursday: “We are aware of recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”

According to the Press, Bristol police and firefighters responded to the Bristol Senior Center, on Stafford Ave., TradeMark Contractors LLC., on Lake Ave., and the F.N. Manross Library, on Central St., after reports of similar threats.

If you receive the latest ‘Bomb Threat’ email that is being reported across the county, the state and the nation, or if anyone locates anything suspicious or out of place, call 911.

Local law enforcement agencies will continue to investigate threats as needed.

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