Bay Area schools, businesses receive threats as part of apparent nationwide scare

Bay Area schools, businesses receive threats as part of apparent nationwide scare

Police at Michigan State University said they were working with federal authorities regarding the threats and "does not advise persons to pay the bitcoin ransom".

Several police agencies have reported this morning that they are responding to multiple bomb threats made to businesses, schools, and more.

Winnipeg officers are going to each business that has been threatened and are taking necessary precautions.

At this time it unclear if the threats - which have also been received at locations throughout San Francisco, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, among other places - are connected.

It's unknown how many emails may have been sent, but threats were also received at dozens of locations across Canada.

"Officers are now investigating these threats and will provide an update when additional information becomes available".

Gizmodo has shared a copy of the email that's being circulating online with the NYPD and asked if the department could confirm that it is the same threat that others have found in their inbox.

United States police have confirmed the threats are hoaxes, with no bombs found.

A similar wave of emailed hoax bomb threats in December 2015 prompted officials in Los Angeles to close the city's public school system, which national law enforcement officials later criticized as an overreaction.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is aware of the multiple bomb threats and encourages anyone to report anything suspicious to local law enforcement.

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Several local businesses across Peel have received unfounded bomb threats, according to police.

There were other threats today not related to the hoax, it seems.

In a tweet, the New York City Police Department - among the agencies to have responded to similar threats - confirmed that the emails were "not considered credible".

Five different companies in Montreal received threatening emails, but police say nothing suspicious was found at any of the locations.

The emails claim that an explosive device was hidden and "covered up carefully" in the building in question. They were sent from a spoofed email address.

Threats were also emailed to the Charlotte News & Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer newspapers in North Carolina.

"We know. that a number of other cities have received bomb threats".

In a follow-up statement just before 3 p.m., the university said that threats did not appear to be credible.

"I write to inform you that my man has carried the bomb (Tetryl) into the building where you business is located", the threat letter reads, continuing "there will be many victims in case of its explosion".

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