New Bitcoin Blackmail Scheme Surfaces as Impostors Pose as CIA Agents to Steal Crypto Assets
Scammers are getting more creative every day. A crypto investor has affirmed on a Reddit post that some people are posing as CIA agents in order to con people into giving them $10,000 USD worth of Bitcoin (BTC).
The Next Web’s Hard Fork found out the post online and reported on this story. According to them, the post was called “CIA got me fam” and he showed evidence of the new email campaign which is being used to trick crypto investors.
Basically, the scammers email people who they believe have crypto assets affirming that they are the subject of an international criminal investigation. They are accused of being flagged in a database which had over 2,000 people accused of pedophilia from several countries.
Obviously, this is the time in which the scammers expect you to freak out.
How Not To Fall In The Scam
Part of the legitimacy of the email comes from the fact that the email uses a masked domain (@esxo.cia-gov.ga). The “cia-gov” part might fool some people. Also, it uses the CIA crest (which is a simple image).
The email, which comes from a “person” called Hong Lees, a supposed federal agent, asks for $10,000 USD in order to make it all go away. You just deposit the money “before the arrests start” and they will be able to take you out of the database so you will not be arrested.
Obviously, the whole thing is fake. However, in case the person who reads it is actually a wealthy pedophile, it might work, maybe. If they actually got a single person to pay the $10,000 USD, though, the whole scam campaign was probably very successful since it takes like an hour to set up the fake email and write it.
In any case, never pay for extortion's like this one. Most people have done it so far and the wallet address is still empty at the moment.
The Evolution Of A Well Known “Sextortion” Scam
Have you ever watched that Black Mirror episode in which the protagonist was masturbating in front of the computer and then people got him? The scammers probably have. This “CIA got you” scam is an evolution of an older “sextortion” scam.
The central idea is that hackers filmed you masturbating. Now, they have will release the videos unless you pay $1,900 USD for them. The scam was first discovered in 2017 and it was able to get over $300,000 USD worth of BTC from the victims.
Maybe this one was more successful because a lot of people were actually “guilty” of doing that and not a lot of people access pedophilia online, or maybe it was the lower value of the extortion. In any case, it was far more successful and probably inspired this new one.