UPDATE: A statement from the Calgary Police Service officially deemed the bomb threats a hoax as of 4 pm today.
The Calgary Police Service is currently investigating multiple bomb threats that have been made to locations around the city.
Just before 2 pm on Thursday, December 13, CPS released a statement via a Facebook post explaining that a number of bomb threats had been made via email.
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“The threats are not believed to be credible at this point, however, we are taking precautions out of an abundance of caution,” the post reads.
It was noted in the post that there have been bomb threats across the continent, and that CPS believes the Calgary threats to be connected to the others.
Similar threats have been seen in cities across both Canada and the United States of America, with many people posting the emails to Twitter showing that they’re being told to transfer thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin to an address.
What is wrong with these people ? So now we have #spam with #BombThreat in order to extort money from you in #Bitcoin … This world is really upside-down …#spam #malware #security #crypto #criminals pic.twitter.com/y7gA8FQjjH
— TheCoinWarrior (@TheCoinWarrior) December 13, 2018
Bomb threat at work today. pic.twitter.com/N8AwsmjoEH
— Gunnar🇺🇸 (@grastenburg) December 13, 2018
Here’s the email that is being circulated to all types of locations here in DFW and all across the country. Bomb threat and a demand for bitcoin payment. So far, no info to indicate the threats are credible. But agencies are investigating them as a precaution. pic.twitter.com/A4U1PQuFom
— DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner) December 13, 2018
While many police departments across the continent — including CPS — are stating that they do not believe the threats to be credible, countless offices, banks, and other areas of business are being evacuated as a precaution.
Calgary police stated they are currently taking steps to “protect public safety until the threats can be fully assessed,” and that, due to the resources being used to investigate, there may be increased wait times for officers on certain calls.
Emergency response times will not be impacted.
The full statement can be found below:
We are currently responding to multiple bomb threats across the city. The threats are not believed to be credible at this point, however, we are taking precautions out of an abundance of caution.
The threats are being received by email and they have been sent to various locations throughout the morning.
Similar threats are being received across the continent and are believed to be connected.
We do not have any further information as this point, but ask for the public and media’s patience as we work through this developing issue and take steps to protect public safety until the threats can be fully assessed.
Due to our response to this event please be advised that there will be increased wait times for an officer to attend certain calls. Our response to emergency calls will not be impacted.