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Bomb threats target businesses nationwide, including in St. Cloud area

Threatening emails were sent to businesses in Waite Park, among others.

Bomb threats on Thursday afternoon have put the St. Cloud area on alert, although police suspect the threats are coming from a scammers. 

According to the Waite Park Police Department, threatening emails were received by multiple businesses in the St. Cloud area, including the City of Waite Park. 

The emails indicated that a bomb was inside each business's building and that if a payment in the form of Bitcoin wasn't received the bomb would explode. 

"We believe this is a scam as very similar language is being used in email scams throughout the United States," says Waite Park Chief of Police David Bentrud. "We advise that businesses NOT comply with the request to send money nor should anyone from your organization reply to the email."

Bentrud said businesses in neighboring counties also received similar threatening emails, and any business that gets one should contact their local police and forward them a copy of the email. 

Bomb threats have been phoned in and emailed to businesses nationwide on Thursday, prompting the FBI to issue a statement to NBC saying they're "aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety."

If anyone sees a suspicious package or strange items at their business they need to contact police immediately. 

It's unclear where the email is coming from but investigators are working to figure it out. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301 or submit a tip anonymously through their website.

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