US retailers targeted with bomb threats, seeking bitcoin and gift cards, Wall Street Journal reports

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US retailers targeted with bomb threats, seeking bitcoin and gift cards, Wall Street Journal reports

Law-enforcement officials and retailers are currently investigating a recent surge of bomb threats throughout the United States, specifically targeting grocery operators and other stores, as reported by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

Retail companies such as Kroger (KR.N), Walmart (WMT.N), and Amazon’s Whole Foods Market (AMZN.O), among others, have received bomb threats at their stores in recent months. The report stated that some callers demanded gift cards, bitcoin, or money and threatened to detonate bombs if payments were not made.

These threats have been spread across various regions, from New Mexico to Wisconsin. At a Kroger-owned store in New Mexico, an employee received a call from a suspect who asked her to wire money and said a bomb would go off if she called the police.

A similar incident was reported in a suburb north of Chicago, where a caller told a Whole Foods Market employee a pipe bomb had been placed in the store and demanded $5,000 in bitcoin, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The FBI stated that it is collaborating with local and state law-enforcement officials and urging members of the public to remain vigilant of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. It is unclear to authorities whether the threats are part of an organized effort, according to the report.

Reporting by Shivani Tanna in Bengaluru, edited by Ros Russell. Our Standards: The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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