Fake CIA agents are trying to steal your Bitcoin

23 Mar, 2019
by Joeri Cant
Fake CIA agents are trying to steal your Bitcoin

Apparently scammers of the worst kind are now posing as US Central Intelligence Agency agents, to trick potential victims into giving up $10,000 worth of their hard-earned Bitcoin.

In a recent Reddit post titled 'CIA got me fam', posted by user sajber, a screenshot is provided of a new email scam designed to make potential victims think they are being investigated by agents of the CIA in relation to an international criminal case of 'distribution and storage of ponographic electronic materials involving underage children.'

The email goes on to point out that the targetted victims are part of a police sting which is about to arrest more than 2,000 individuals suspected of paedophilia across 27 countries.

However, all these legal troubles can go away, if they would just transfer $10,000 in Bitcoin to an address controlled by Hong Lees, a federal agent working for the CIA‘s Directorate of Science and Technology.

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Just in case you are wondering, yes, it is an obvious scam. The CIA is not out there trying to get your Bitcoins, and in case you come accross one of these deplorable emails, the best course of action is to simply not respond.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to know how successful these scammers are with this new email scam. It turns out that these fraudsters are generating unique Bitcoin addresses, for each email they sent.

Recently Chepicap reported that according to a report from Digital Shadows, cybercriminals are monetizing on ‘sensitive data’ including ‘sextortion’ scams which request a ransom in exchange for what the scammers claim is video proof of the victim watching or engaging in adult content online.

High net-worth and income targets are preferred, and it seems that sextortion gangs troll through LinkedIn to find their targets. The Digital Shadows report detailed one such victim willing to pay $768,000 a year to keep the blackmail material under wraps.

Read more: 'Sextortion' blackmail makes scammers as much as $300k in BTC

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