A series of bomb threats being emailed to businesses around the United States hit the Ozarks when the Branson Tri-Lakes News received a threat Thursday night.
The facility was evacuated and authorities searched the building but found no explosive devices. The email has been traced to a source in Russia.
Tri-Lakes News publisher Rex Maynor told the OI that four employees received bomb threats from four different email addresses but the message was basically the same. Strangely, the emails were sent to Tri-Lakes News staff but not the publisher himself.
Below is an email that Maynor verified as being representative of the emails sent to his staff:
Good day. There is the bomb (tronitrotoluene) in the building where your business is conducted. My mercenary constructed a bomb according to my guide. It is compact and it is covered up very well, it is impossible to damage the building structure by my explosive device, but there will be many wounded people in case of its explosion.
My mercenary keeps the building under the control. If he notices any unnatural activity, panic or emergency he will power the bomb.
I can withdraw my man if you pay. $20’000 is the cost for your life and business. Pay it to me in BTC and I warrant that I will call off my recruited person and explosive will not explode. But do not try to deceive me- my guarantee will become valid only after 3 confirms in blockchain.
You must send money by the end of the working day, if the working day is over and people start leaving the building explosive will detonate.
Nothing personal, if you don’t send me the money and the bomb explodes, other companies will transfer me more money, because it is not a one-time action.
For security and anonymity reasons, I wont visit this email. I check my address every twenty five minutes and if I see the money I will give the command to my person to get away.
If an explosive device explodes and the authorities read this email!
We are not the terrorist society and dont assume liability for explosions in other buildings.