According to BleepingComputer and a security researcher named Defender around 15,000 people have received this or a similar mail. Recipients are in Canada, the UK, NL, Switzerland, and Sweden. While most people probably know that this is just another scam mail like the sextortion one, the threat in it makes the stakes a lot higher. After all no one would want to risk the life of their colleagues, friends, or family.
Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found. pic.twitter.com/7omOs13Z7Q
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) 13. Dezember 2018
Even though you know that the mail is a fake you should make sure to call the authorities nonetheless. A threat is a threat and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.