I had a few friends point out a scam that has been hitting the Internet pretty hard. Below are example messages of the scam. In summary, the scam suggests that your email and other personal details are associated with a large international arrest against pornographic material involving underage children. The scammer offers to remove your information for
The people at www.onlinethreatalerts.com/ wrote a post showing more details of an example scam message. That original post can be found HERE.
Here is the example from
“Online users who have received the fake CIA email below, which claims the recipients have distributed and store pornographic content of underage children, are asked not to follow the instructions in it. The fake email also claims the recipients need to pay US$10,000 if they want to get off the so-called case the CIA have against them. But, the CIA will never ask civilians to transfer money to a bank or Bitcoin account. And, if the CIA has incriminating information against you, they will not contact you via email, they will send law enforcement to arrest you.”
Central Intelligence Agency – Case #72649835
Sun 3/17/2019 2:43 PM
From: “Carmel Child” – [email protected]
Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.
My name is Carmel Child 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 (email address) are listed in case #72649835.
The following details are listed in the document’s attachment:
Your personal details,
List of relatives and their contact information.
Case #72649835 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
This scam is targeting people with money and vulnerable to phishing attacks. Don’t be fooled.