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SLO Sheriff warns business owners to be on the lookout for emailed bomb threats

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday warned businesses to be on the lookout for emailed bomb threats tied to a national hoax.

The threats typically demand money in the form of bitcoin to avoid the detonation of a bomb, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

So far, all of the emailed threats have proven to be unfounded and are likely related to a national hoax originating outside the United States.

The Sheriff’s Office, city police departments and FBI are investigating the threats.

Those who receive such threats are encouraged to contact law enforcement agencies in their areas.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, immigration and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers northern San Luis Obispo County city governments and school districts. Lindsey joined The Tribune in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.


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