Nags Head police report that there is a fairly new email scam that is directed toward commercial businesses. The scammers send an email stating that there is a bomb hidden in the building.
The email further demands payment via bitcoin or other cryptocurrency by the end of the business day in order to stop the alleged threat.
This scam has been circulating nationally over the past two days and hit the Outer Banks area on Dec. 13 with a local business. Police suggest that people familiarize themselves with this scam because more of these emails can be expected in the future.
Samples of what has been included in emails are:
- The emails are all demanding ransom via the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin in exchange for not detonating the alleged bombs.
- Emails state the device will detonate if not paid by the end of the work day or if employees leave it will set the device off.
- At least some of the emails specify the goal is strictly financial and explicitly deny any nexus to terrorism.
- Threats have been sent to businesses in several states already and expect more to come in the next several days.
If someone receives the email they should take precaution, evacuate the building and alert local authorities, police say.