Get a message from the CIA extorting you to hide records of child porn?

I regularly get the emails that claim they infected my phone and computer and have been watching everything I do and the sites I visit. There’s usually a request that I send $500-$5000 in bitcoin to erase videos they’ve taking of me “sexually abusing” myself.

TL;DR – obvious scam is obvious.

CIA logo used in child porn extortion emails
If you’re lucky you’ll have 6-8 of these as an attachment.

Well, a new set is hitting people up for hush money to hide evidence of child porn the CIA found. I got the following beauty Sunday the 17th from someone claiming to be Edward Norton of the CIA.

Below is an absurdly large picture of the email, and below that is the plain text of it in case you’re wondering.

Here’s the text of that message in case the ultra large picture isn’t loading

Case #94731625
Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.
   
   
My name is Edward Norton 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 protected]) are listed in case #94731625.
   
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 #94731625 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:
   
3PAZFxbwQdM5JuZ2yQsnd2ERUiDhRWP8oK
   
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,
Edward Norton
   
Technical Collection Officer
Directorate of Science and Technology
Central Intelligence Agency

If you’re a pedophile, child porn collector, or someone who sexually assaults children, go ahead and pay it. For the rest of you, read on.

Obviously it’s a scam.

Imagine however that it’s actually a scam run by the FBI to see who’s dumb enough to pay and then go knock on their doors and seize their devices under probably cause?

Imagine it’s a scam to get you to Google it, and then Google just turns over the IPs of everyone who googled it and the FBI goes and knocks on their door.

Eh, obvious scam is obvious.

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