Bomb threat email scams
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is receiving reports from across Canada that businesses, including hotels and hospitals are being emailed bomb threats.
While fraudsters are known to try and extort money from Canadians using this tactic, all bomb threats should be treated seriously and reported to police immediately – call 911.
A key indicator that the email is likely part of a larger fraud campaign is the request for payment using cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin).
- Email is poorly written with many grammatical errors
- Subject line is threatening (e.g. "better listen to me")
- Email threatens that if police or security are called the bomb will be detonated
- Email provides instructions on how to send money via cryptocurrency
How to protect yourself
- Call 911 immediately
- Train your employees about email scams
- Have a plan in place for employees to report and escalate
- Learn more tips and tricks for protecting yourself
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online.
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