Threatening emails sent to Citrus County voters

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 02:51:26-04

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — The Citrus County Sheriff's Office was made aware of emails sent to Citrus County voters.

Officials said the emails were sent from the group "Proud Boys" and made threatening statements to the recipients. However, the group denies involvement.

The Sheriff's Office is working with the Supervisor of Elections Office to document these cases and are also forwarding them to the FBI.

Wednesday evening Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Iran and Russia obtained voter registration information, and then used that data to direct misinformation toward voters.

"We have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters,” Ratcliffe said.

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Officials said the emails are not isolated in just Citrus County, there are reports of the emails across the state.

Officials said the email threatens the voter to vote for a specific candidate in the upcoming General Election or the group "will come after you."

The Sheriff's Office said in the email, the recipient's name and address are attached. The agency is also encouraging recipients not to respond and to notify law enforcement.

They are asking anyone who has received the email to contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at 352-249-2790 and report the incident.