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Fake CIA Sextortion Scam Emails Demand Bitcoin Payments

by Brett M. Christensen

Sextortion scammers are now attempting to extort money from people by sending threatening emails that pretend to be from a technical collection officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The emails, some of which include the CIA logo, claim that your name and contact details are listed in a document related to the distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.

The sender warns that the information in the document could implicate you and that arrests in the case are scheduled to begin soon.

The “technical collection officer ” then offers to remove all your details from the case if you send him or her several thousand dollars in Bitcoin by a specified deadline.

There are several versions of these scam emails. Names, dates, dollar amounts and other details vary.

The people sending these emails are not really CIA officers and the claim that they have found your details in a CIA case file is a lie. They are just trying to panic you into sending them money.


These criminals rely on the fact that at least a few recipients may think that their names have been somehow added to a CIA case file even if they have done nothing wrong.

During these email scam campaigns, criminals may send out hundreds of thousands of identical messages to email addresses all around the world. Even if only a few people fall for the ruse and pay up, the scheme will turn a profit for the criminals.

If you receive one of these messages, do not respond. Just hit the delete key.


An Example of the Scam Email


Case # [numbers vary]

Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.

My name is [names vary] and I am a technical collection officer working for Central Intelligence Agency.

It has come to my attention that your personal details including your email address (varies) are listed in case # [numbers vary].

The following details are listed in the document’s attachment:

• Your personal details,
• Home address,
• Work address,
• List of relatives and their contact information.

Case # is part of a large international operation set to arrest more than 2000 individuals suspected of paedophilia in 27 countries.

The data which could be used to acquire your personal information:

• Your ISP web browsing history,
• DNS queries history and connection logs,
• Deep web .onion browsing and/or connection sharing,
• Online chat-room logs,
• Social media activity log.

The first arrests are scheduled for April 8, 2019.

Why am I contacting you?

I read the documentation and I know you are a wealthy person who may be concerned about reputation.

I am one of several people who have access to those documents and I have enough security clearance to amend and remove your details from this case. Here is my proposition.

Transfer exactly $10,000 USD (ten thousand dollars – about 2.5 BTC) through Bitcoin network to this special bitcoin address:

38GSm8WasXJC1mdZpKXrA76basf59RHP6k

You can transfer funds with online bitcoin exchanges such as Coinbase, Bitstamp or Coinmama. The deadline is March 27, 2019 (I need few days to access and edit the files).

Upon confirming your transfer I will take care of all the files linked to you and you can rest assured no one will bother you.

Please do not contact me. I will contact you and confirm only when I see the valid transfer.

Regards,
[Names vary]

Technical Collection Officer
Directorate of Science and Technology
Central Intelligence Agency



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