Businesses and schools across the U.S. were evacuated Thursday because of a bomb threat hoax, and the threatening emails were sent to at least two businesses in Mankato.
Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel explained, “They received an email and that email was that there was a threat and that they were supposed to pay by Bitcoin. So, yes, that was exactly the same situation that was kind of going through the country.”
The emails claimed there was an explosive device inside the business that would be detonated unless $20,000 in Bitcoin was transferred by the end of the workday to an account that was provided.
Schisel added that although the messages weren’t reported until it had become clear it was a nationwide scam, they took steps immediately.
“These, obviously, need to be taken very seriously. However, with the media that was out there they reported them a precautionary,” he said, “And at that point, we always meet with the owners and go through different situations and how we handle this.”
The emails were sent to Mayo Clinic Health Systems offices at the Madison East Center and the online auction house Bid Kato on South Victory Drive.