Email from sodium cyanide supplier

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Sodium cyanideOn July 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm, FOTM received this unsolicited email from katie in China <>, with “reliable sodium cyanide supplier” as the email subject (Note: Spelling mistakes are in the email):

Dear Friend,

Have  a nice day, knowing that you are  looking sodium cyanide, we an supply that.  specification as follwoing :


NaOH:0.5% max



insoluable materrial :0.05%

package: 50/70kg/iron drum or 1T/wodden box

We are sincerely want to corporate with your respect company
Best regards

Cangzhou Chenghua Chemical Co., Ltd
No 216 Industrial Development Zone Yunhe district Cangzhou City

Cyanide salts are among the most rapidly acting of all known poisons. This is what the CDC website says about sodium cyanide:

Agent Characteristics:

  • APPEARANCE: White crystalline or granular powder.
  • DESCRIPTION: Sodium cyanide releases hydrogen cyanide gas, a highly toxic chemical asphyxiant that interferes with the body’s ability to use oxygen. Exposure to sodium cyanide can be rapidly fatal. It has whole-body (systemic) effects, particularly affecting those organ systems most sensitive to low oxygen levels: the central nervous system (brain), the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), and the pulmonary system (lungs). Sodium cyanide is used commercially for fumigation, electroplating, extracting gold and silver from ores, and chemical manufacturing. Hydrogen cyanide gas released by sodium cyanide has a distinctive bitter almond odor (others describe a musty “old sneakers smell”), but a large proportion of people cannot detect it; the odor does not provide adequate warning of hazardous concentrations. Sodium cyanide is odorless when dry. Sodium cyanide is shipped as pellets or briquettes. It absorbs water from air (is hygroscopic or deliquescent).
    • Indoor Air: Sodium cyanide can be released into indoor air as fine droplets, liquid spray (aerosol), or fine particles.
    • Water: Sodium cyanide can be used to contaminate water.
    • Food: Sodium cyanide can be used to contaminate food.
    • Outdoor Air: Sodium cyanide can be released into outdoor air as fine droplets, liquid spray (aerosol), or fine particles.
    • Agricultural: If sodium cyanide is released as fine droplets, liquid spray (aerosol), or fine particles, it has the potential to contaminate agricultural products.
  • ROUTES OF EXPOSURE: Sodium cyanide can affect the body through ingestion, inhalation, skin contact, or eye contact.

Am I in a waking nightmare? Since when can Americans purchase a deadly poison via email?


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0 responses to “Email from sodium cyanide supplier

  1. OMG, this is seriously disturbing.

  2. Call your local police and report this right away and file a police report. Also call the FBI and do the same. You may have been targeted by some type of gang. Do it now.

  3. What a disgusting email solicitation!!!
    Thank you Dr. Eowyn, for making it public, so the readers can see the kind of evil that is stalking the internet.

    “…knowing that you are looking sodium cyanide,”

    That’s practically an accusation!!! Be very careful to avoid any contact with the sender of that email! You don’t even know if “katie” is actually named Katie, or if she’s a woman or a man. Do not open any attachments.

    I did a search for “” on the safe search service called

    The search yielded only 2 results.

    The first was for Chenghua Chem, a company specializing in the manufacture of plastics.

    The second was for something very different
    Zengyou Sun, Tao Zhao, Chenghua Chem, “Design of Electric Power. Monitoring System Based on ZigBee and GPRS,”

    I followed the links using Ixquick Proxy to avoid leaving tracks. The second link led to an abstract put forth at a 2011 high tech conference in Loutraki, Greece.

    The abstract of the presentation reads:

    “This paper proposes a novel object-based virtual network middleware for supporting the interoperability among home devices and smart grid devices. In order to demonstrate that home devices and smart grid devices are interoperable through the proposed middleware, we implement applications based on the OVNet on a target platform consisting of embedded boards, sensors and laptops for emulation purposes of a home network.”

    In layman’s terms, Chenghua Chem was named in a paper demonstrating software that can turn smart devices in a home (toaster, microwave, clock, cable box, etc.) into a monitoring network.  (…a “Palantir” for our fellow Tolkien fans)


    • Wow! Good grief! Thank you, TD, for looking into and unmasking this very dangerous email. Pure evil.

      • You’re welcome Dr. Eowyn. The email raises 3 concerns. One is the very idea that someone could purchase a weapon of mass destruction thru the internet. The second is the possibility this is an attempt to falsely paint FOTM as a group that desires to cause harm. And the third, that there may be an effort to deliver malware to turn certain objects into listening devices.

    • Dressage Rider

      Seems like a threat of some kind. I would report this email.

      I would also recommend using TOR to surf the Internet, besides Ixquick.

  4. It may not be a Nigerian banking scam, Russian mail-order brides, cheap Viagra or “replica” Rolex watches, but sadly it’s that easy… or it’s another scam. Either way, not a good thing.

  5. You can also forward spam emails to: an FCC government entity that supposedly tracks down and investigates unsolicited criminal spam email.

  6. oh yea, I trust the gimmenment to track down a spam that is trying to set up a consiverative…

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  8. FOTM just received another unsolicited email from another supposed sodium cyanide supplier — “Grace” of The email was signed:

    Ms Grace & Ms Nina
    Skype: Mszhangskype789

  9. I am sure somebody here in my community has the real Cyanora. Live in a heavy Police, farming community. Feel sick to stomach, strange musty smells and nauseas when I visit my sister. Sick for days after with flu like symptoms after visit.


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