This weekend I received the usual batch of spam and scams. One caught my eye though. Either the Trump administration have stripped the CIA of funds so severly that they are now entering the blackmail market or the scammers have finally come up with something new for me to see.
Here is the email I received:
Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.
My name is Natividad Wester 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) are listed in case #14753689.
The following details are listed in the document's attachment:
Your personal details,
List of relatives and their contact information.
Case #14753689 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:
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.
Technical Collection Officer
Directorate of Science and Technology
Central Intelligence Agency
Wow, the CIA are warning me that I will be arrested on April 8th unless I pay their fee of $10,000USD? Seems a little odd somewhat. OK, so this is a blatant blackmail email, but would anyone actually fall for it? Lets check that wallet for a moment.
The wallet seems to be idle and there are certainly no funds in it. It looks like no-one, thankfully, has fallen for this yet.