For Immediate Release
PR #:1800127
Date Issued:Dec 13, 2018 - 2:25pm

Washoe County Sheriff's Office receiving reports of emailed hoax bomb threats demanding Bitcoin payments

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirms that they have received several reports today of emailed bomb threats demanding Bitcoin payments. The reports have come from various areas of the county and all appear to be hoaxes at this time.

Washoe County residents should be aware that these emailed hoax threats, similar to threats being received nationwide, are turning up in our region.

Anyone who receives such a threat is encouraged to check their home or business for anything unusual or suspicious, and report the threat to law enforcement if needed.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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