Pizzagate has inspired many casual bystanders to volunteer, spreading the word, attempting to learn sleuthing skills.
Whenever there is a crowd, the scam artists are not far behind.
Here’s the scam pitch:
If Jefferson Beauregard Sessions resigns or is removed as Attorney General to the United States, sources close to Child Protective Service Agents in New York City will release the decryption key to this insurance file containing documents relating to the child human trafficking organization that is operating in the United States as you read this.
Consider donating Monero cryptocurrency to fight human trafficking and child sex slavery: 47xMStqcnEWNzmdpCJXUhXMuxFZoq1JHu8mcEJZTR76Y3J9hAvFWxtBB11zpobgWXJVnXzTCgai6hdg249DbWNe3PXq1cb3
If the above Monero address receives at least 85,333.0231096045 XMR in donations the decryption key will be released via https://app.originstamp.org/
It sounds very exciting.
Lots of people want Sessions to bust Pizzagate. Lots of people are afraid Sessions will get removed before he can bust Pizzagate.
Those people would be willing to donate a little money to make sure that the incriminating evidence sees the light of day… and most of those people don’t know what PGP is, or how to check a hash for a computer file.
It sounds too good to be true, so it probably is.
Here’s the technical sleuth disagreeing:
▶Anonymous 03/03/17 (Fri) 00:47:10 311a9f No.9402629>>9402816
hash checks out. file size doesn’t. unprofessional.
~ $ shasum -a 256 Downloads/insurance-2017-03-01.tar.gz.asc
~ $ du -h Downloads/insurance-2017-03-01.tar.gz.asc
I’m not a technical expert, so I can’t confirm, but the scam sounds too good to be true.