Beware the “Central Intelligence Agency - Case #47928153" Scam
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Beware the “Central Intelligence Agency – Case #47928153″ Scam

Scammers are getting more creative and persuasive in their attempt to trick the potential victim into conducting a payment, typically in Bitcoin. All recent scams delivered via email have this in common – creating a sense of fear and urgency in order to persuade the recipient to transfer a large sum of money in Bitcoin.




The “Central Intelligence Agency – Case #47928153″ Scam Explained

The latest such scam that came to our attention uses the “Central Intelligence Agency – Case #47928153” subject line, with the sender representing themselves as a “technical collection officer for Central Intelligence Agency”. Note that the case number and sender’s name will vary in each individual spam email.

Needless to mention, the sender does not work for the CIA and wants to push the recipient into paying “exactly $10,000 USD (ten thousand dollars – about 2.5 BTC)”. The pretext of this scam is the distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.

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The scammer, in this case a “Sherry Nestor”, claims that she read the documentation and knows the recipient is a wealthy person who may be concerned about their reputation. A payment would allegedly persuade the “technical collection officer for Central Intelligence Agency” to remove any details about “Case #47928153”.

Here’s what the scam email looks like:

Case #47928153
Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.
My name is Sherry Nestor 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 #47928153.
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 #47928153 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:
36E1Apgd9sb7Wm6wh8ewmM1BtY8gLRMEne

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,
Sherry Nestor
Technical Collection Officer
Directorate of Science and Technology
Central Intelligence Agency

Compared to other scam emails, this one is well-written, with the scammer claiming to have enough security clearance to amend and remove details from this case. However persuasive it may sound, don’t fall for it because it is a scam. Your email address may have been compromised in a data breach, and you can check it via the Have I been pwned service.

If you receive a bogus email that you believe is a scam, you can send us a word using our website contact form, comment section or on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles!

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2 Comments

  1. Tushar

    I got the mail from Alida Beverly. Below is the content.
    ————————————————————————-
    Case #59637128

    Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.

    My name is Alida Beverly 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 #59637128.

    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 #59637128 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:

    32aQLqiy7yXLZcBg3BjTYt8jQM5syWTo5J

    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,
    Alida Beverly

    Technical Collection Officer
    Directorate of Science and Technology
    Central Intelligence Agency

    Reply
  2. Lindy

    I got a similar one, but instead of asking for money this one wants me to open a no doubt virus laden attachment to see the details of my “case”.

    Case #50472454

    Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving
    underage children.

    My name is Branson Collinson 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 #50472454.

    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 #50472454 is part of a large international operation set to arrest more
    than 1900 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 14, 2019.

    This is very important! (zip-archive attached)
    Your password: pdf-2019

    Regards,

    Branson Collinson

    Reply

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