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