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Rome police knew of national threats going into AIS investigation

The FBI is investigating dozens of bob threats that were sent by email throughout the country.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2018 6:54 PM

ROME, N.Y. -- The FBI is investigating dozens of bomb threats that were sent by email throughout the country.

Locally, AIS of Rome was one of the companies who received one of those emails.

At around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, AIS received a bomb threat. They then contacted local authorities and evacuated the building.

It took about two hours for police to clear the building.

Today, local authorities are confirming that they believe the message sent to AIS is connected to the ones sent out throughout the nation.

Detective Jeffrey Lanigan and his fellow officers had a hunch that this was one of those hoaxes, but left nothing to chance.

"We knew of the emails going through, and once we got their we sort of knew that this was part of that whole scam so. But we still wanted to go through the procedures and check all of the boxes to make sure it’s something you shouldn't be worried about." said Detective Lanigan.

The emails that were sent out across the country asked for money. One of the emails sent out across the country read, "Transfer it to me in Bitcoin and the bomb will not detonate, But do not deceive me. The contents of the message sent to AIS in Rome is still unknown.

Authorities believe that there was no pattern for who these messages were sent to.

" I don't think that there is a targeted group, I just think that its just a mass email going around and I don't think there is any target to it."

Police are asking anyone who has received one of these threatening messages, to contact local police.

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