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Bomb threat email scam targeting Australians

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of bomb threat emails being received by Australians.

The emails claim an explosive device has been hidden in the recipient’s premises, and will be detonated unless a ransom is paid in bitcoin.

If you receive this email:

  • Do not respond or contact the sender
  • Do not pay the ransom
  • Ring your local police service.

The ACSC believes this to be a scam, however as a precaution, state policing agencies are treating this as a real threat until confirmed otherwise. If you receive the email, we encourage you to contact your local police service.

Date
December 14th, 2018