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Not totally convinced that this post was your best move in any way whatsoever. I would be calling that number if I were you, I don't think this is a decoy unless you have more evidence that suggests it might be outside of general paranoia.

Well, one thing I know is that the less you talk to law enforcement, the less you incriminate yourself. So calling is out. And we all have secrets, e.g. downloading illegal IP for sure...

So take them seriously and don't tell them any more than you need to.

If you're worried that these agents are actually investigating you for illegal downloads, see if you can find out what division of the FBI they work for. If they work for the IP division, then your paranoia might be justified.

I've been trying real hard to find for info on the FBI.gov website, but I can't find any information on the officers.

The kind of sting you're describing sounds incredibly improbable. You should take what those agents told you seriously.

If you're actually concerned that the whole situation is an elaborate hoax to catch you torrenting episodes of Game of Thrones, then you should talk to a lawyer but still act as if the threat against your life is real because it very well might be.

The FBI doesn't give a rat's ass if you're downloading illegal IP.

You are wrong: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/white_collar/ipr/an...

And his admitted (on HN) misconduct could be used against him if the FBI wanted to. From his comment history, it also looks like he's dabbled in the porn business. I wonder if his records are correctly maintained and correct.

You can get a lot out of a potential informant by threatening to send him back to his original country for "crimes".

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