Bomb threat scam in Fort Myers threatens to 'blow up the block'

Posted at 10:12 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 07:11:32-04

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a bomb threat letter was found at an RV store in Fort Myers. The crew at RV Kountry, a consignment RV business, found the threatening letter on their office printer Tuesday morning.

"It said that they're going to blow up the block. That they placed explosives around the building," Dennis Herb, who works at RV Kountry, said.

He said the letter went on to read they would carry out their plan unless they sent $25,000 by the next day, and gave a passport number and name.

Herb said according to the letter, the crooks had access to their internet, phones, and emails, so they went straight to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Their intelligence unit said letters like the one RV Kountry received have been sent to several places across the country and appear to be a hoax.

With the amount of scams making the rounds, Herb said he and his team knew better than to fall for the scam.  "Somebody's going to get caught. Somehow. Someway."

RV Kountry wanted to share their story to help other people and businesses from falling for a similar scam.

If you receive a similar letter, contact your local law enforcement agency.