YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Deputies say suspected bomb threats made towards schools and businesses in the Yakima area are part of an email-based scam.
Multiple Yakima schools went on lockdown Wednesday following suspected threats. Deputies with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) said schools and businesses in the area had received emails of a possible bomb threat.
According to YCSO, deputies responded and made sure no one at the targeted locations was in any danger.
Investigators determined these threats were not legitimate, and said it appeared those involved may have had their email accounts compromised at some point.
Threats towards local schools have continued Thursday, as the West Valley superintendent said authorities responded to emailed bomb threats at Cottonwood Elementary and West Valley High School. The schools were since cleared.
The YCSO is reminding people not to respond to or open any suspicious-looking emails, as it may be a scam.