December 13, 2018 5:52 pm
Updated: December 13, 2018 10:58 pm

Montreal police investigating bomb threats, demands for bitcoin payment

An investigation is underway to determine the source of the email. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2018.

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Montreal police are investigating after at least five businesses reported receiving an email containing a bomb threat and demanding bitcoin payment.

“They were asking for $20,000 in bitcoin payment,” Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant said of the unknown sender. “Each business received the same email.”

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Brabant said the targeted businesses were in Ville Saint-Laurent, Rivière-des-Prairies, the Town of Mount Royal and Anjou and that nothing linked the companies to one another.

Officers searched each location but did not find anything suspicious, Brabant told Global News.

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An investigation is underway to determine the source of the email.

Cities across Canada and the United States have reported receiving similar threats.

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