In the wake of the ongoing email campaign asking recipients to pay $20,000 worth of Bitcoins or have their buildings blown up, the U.S government has published a release on what should be done by anyone who gets the scam message.
First, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) admit that it is “aware of a worldwide email campaign targeting businesses and organizations with bomb threats.”
“The emails claim that a device will detonate unless a ransom in Bitcoin is paid,” the body asserts.
However, upon receiving the email, U.S residents are advised not to respond to or contact the sender and also to avoid paying the ransom.
Although a line in the scammy email asks recipients to not call the police, the government release, advises anyone who is scared to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or report to Internet Crime Complaint Center or to a local FBI Field Office.
Overview of Bitcoin Bomb Scam Threat Email
The email makes the recipient believe that an explosive has been planted within the building that they are staying in and will be detonated if they fail to pay the heavy bitcoin ransom before the end of the working day.
“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,” the email reads before attaching a Bitcoin wallet address.
A check that we carried out on the bitcoin wallet address added to the email by the scammer shows that no BTC has been sent or received with it. However, there is a chance that the scammer has created several bitcoin wallet addresses, so it is almost impossible to know whether anyone has fallen victim.