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'You better listen to me,' Syracuse businesses, University receive hoax email bomb threats

Read the emailed threat a Syracuse business owner says he received Thrusday (Provided Photo).

Police in Syracuse say several schools, law offices and businesses received bomb threats Thursday, as cities across the country respond to similar threats.

NYPD released a tweet saying an email is circulating "containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment." Authorities say the threats appear to be a hoax.

Syracuse Police Det. George Hack says all nine threats came through email, and says all of the threats "appear to be non-credible at this time."

A Syracuse business owner sent CNYCentral a copy of an emailed bomb threat he says he received Thursday. The subject line is "You better listen to me," and says "My recruited person has hidden an explosive device (Tetryl) in the building where your company is located."

The email then asks for payment in bitcoin, much like the other reports from across the country.

Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety posted on Facebook that community members at the school reported receiving a similar email threat.

Three threats were reported in the Albany area, according to our sister-station CBS6, but it was also not clear if those threats came in email form.

Rochester Police say they received a threat as well, and our sister station WHAM reports 11 threats were received in Monroe County.

There was also a report of a threat in Rome that was called in by phone.

There are reports of bomb threats in Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and many other cities.




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