Email from sodium cyanide supplier

Sodium cyanideOn July 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm, FOTM received this unsolicited email from katie in China <katie@chenghuachem.com>, 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 :

NaCN:98%min

NaOH:0.5% max

Na2CO3:0.5%

H2O%:0.5%

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
Katie

Cangzhou Chenghua Chemical Co., Ltd
No 216 Industrial Development Zone Yunhe district Cangzhou City
Tel:0086-311-87368842

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).
  • METHODS OF DISSEMINATION:
    • 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?

~Eowyn

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lindarm
7 years ago

OMG, this is seriously disturbing.

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

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.

Trail Dust
Admin
7 years ago

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 “chenghuachem.com” on the safe search service called StartPage.com. The search yielded only 2 results. The first was for Chenghua Chem, a… Read more »

Trail Dust
Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

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
Dressage Rider
7 years ago
Reply to  Trail Dust

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

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

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.

Grace
Grace
7 years ago

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

hujonwi
hujonwi
7 years ago

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

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Trail Dust
Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

This is a chilling development. If we do anything about this, we should first expose it as you are doing. Make it public that we find it abhorrent.

As described in your post, this stuff is a chemical Weapon of Mass Destruction, and intended to cause terrible harm. Whoever is sending this disgusting message is committing a felony, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Trail Dust
Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Neither do I. 🙁

hujonwi
hujonwi
7 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

But at least ya have it on record.

Michael de la Vega
4 years ago

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.