PEORIA COUNTY — Two Peoria County businesses received emailed bomb threats shortly after lunch on Thursday, apparently part of a wave of threats sent to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S.

German-Bliss Equipment Inc. in Princeville and CEFCU on Everett McKinley Dirksen Parkway both received emailed threats demanding money, said Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell.

“They were demanding a ransom, money to be wired — Bitcoin,” he said. “These types of messages have been popping up all around the nation.”

CEFCU has security systems in place which helped officers quickly determine that the threat was low, said Asbell

“CEFCU was able to work the IP address back for us, then we were able to look up similar crimes,” he said. “There was one in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week.”

CEFCU did not evacuate the business, but German-Bliss Equipment did, said Asbell.

“The Peoria city bomb squad went up there. Even though we knew the threat level was low, they still went through with their canine,” he said. “They have a new dog, so it was a good training opportunity.”

Asbell said it was likely similar threats would be sent to other area businesses throughout the day.

“We want the public to be aware of this,” he said. “If a business does receive a threat, they should contact authorities immediately. Even though the threat level is low, they should be vigilant. Look for awkward signs — packages or suspicious people.”