Nothing to Fear But . . . Whatever . . .
FBI Looks Overseas After Threats Phoned to Stores, Banks in U.S.
By Joe Milicia Associated Press Saturday, September 1, 2007; D02
The callers have threatened to set off a bomb unless store employees wire money to an account abroad. At a Dillons grocery store in Hutchinson, Kan., the caller ordered customers and workers to take off their clothes and threatened to force them to cut off a manager's fingers.
Store workers have been so frightened in at least five cases that they've wired thousands of dollars to the caller.
Police in Newport, R.I., said workers at a Wal-Mart wired $10,000 to the caller. Authorities in Buchanan, Mich., said flustered workers at a Harding's Market sent $3,000 to an account in Paraguay, instead of Portugal as the caller demanded.
The FBI is examining those wire transactions and i…