There’s a new tactic that Bitcoin scammers are employing at the moment, and this time round it’s a bit more nefarious than normal.
The scam involves sending an email stating that a bomb has been delivered to the building, and will be detonated at a specific time should a certain amount of Bitcoin not be transferred to the scammers.
For now there has been no bombs or any kind of explosive device discovered at buildings where threats have been issued, but given the nature of the threat, precautions must be taken and buildings have subsequently been evacuated.
Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found. pic.twitter.com/7omOs13Z7Q
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 13, 2018
TechCrunch was able to obtain one of these scam threats, and they are worded as follows:
“My man carried a bomb (Hexogen) into the building where your company is located. It is constructed under my direction. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it is not able to damage the supporting building structure, but in the case of its detonation you will get many victims.
My mercenary keeps the building under the control. If he notices any unusual behavior or emergency he will blow up the bomb.
I can withdraw my mercenary if you pay. You pay me 20.000 $ in Bitcoin and the bomb will not explode, but don’t try to cheat -I warrant you that I will withdraw my mercenary only after 3 confirmations in blockchain network.
Here is my Bitcoin address : [Removed]
You have to solve problems with the transfer by the end of the workday. If you are late with the money explosive will explode.
This is just a business, if you don’t send me the money and the explosive device detonates, other commercial enterprises will transfer me more money, because this isnt a one-time action.
I wont visit this email. I check my Bitcoin wallet every 35 min and after seeing the money I will order my recruited person to get away.
If the explosive device explodes and the authorities notice this letter:
We are not terrorists and dont assume any responsibility for explosions in other buildings.”
While all the Bitcoin scammer threats have turned out to be duds until now, we urge anyone who receives such an email to take it seriously and evacuate their building.[Image – CC 0 Pixabay]