Two buildings in Grand Forks received bomb threats with demands for ransom payments Monday and Tuesday in what police say are part of nationwide hoax to scam businesses out of money.
The Grand Forks Police Department was called to the Boden Apartment complex on DeMers Avenue Monday afternoon after the building received a bomb threat. A common room printer had printed out a demand for money. The funds were to be sent electronically, and if they were not, the building would be blown up, according to a police press release. The threat also claimed The Boden's emails were being monitored and warned staff against contacting police.
A similar threat was received Tuesday morning at Turning Point Health and Wellness at 2424 32nd Ave. S. A business printer received a threat demanding money be sent electronically or the whole block would be blown up, according to the release.
Police responded to both incidents and conducted searches of the building. There were no suspicious items located during the searches, police said.
Police say the threats are tied into a hoax seeking to scam money out of businesses and say similar threats have been reported nationwide.
Threats should be treated seriously until proven benign, police say. Grand Forks Police are not calling for evacuations of business unless it is deemed necessary by the business owners and law enforcement.
Anyone with information related to these threats is encouraged to contact Grand Forks Police at (701) 787-8000.