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DEA Warns the Public of Latest ‘Extortion Scam’ by People Posing as DEA Special Agents

4 months ago  •  Add Comment  •  by Donna Bliss

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the DEA registrant community including healthcare providers and pharmacies about scammers impersonating DEA Special Agents, DEA Investigators or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme.

The criminals call the physician or the pharmacy, which in many cases previously purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone and says they are a DEA Agent or a Law Enforcement Agent. The impersonators inform the provider or pharmacist that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine.

In most cases, the scammer instructs their victims to pay their fine by wire transfer. If the victim refuses to send money, the scammer tells them they will search their property and have them arrested.

There are variations to this scenario but the bottom line is the DEA is never going to call you and demand money over the telephone, in any form of payment, much less money wired to an account.

And impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. The DEA reminds people to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone or through the Internet. It is illegal to purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met. And, all pharmacies that dispense controlled substance pharmaceuticals by means of the internet must be registered with DEA. By ordering any pharmaceutical medications online or by telephone from unknown entities, members of the public risk receiving unsafe, counterfeit, and/or ineffective drugs from criminals who operate outside the law. In addition, personal and financial information could be compromised.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person who claims to be from the DEA or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand. If you believe you’ve encountered someone trying to do anything remotely like this, report them here.

Reference: https://www.dea.gov/stories/2019/06/11/alert-extortion-scam-targeting-dea-registrants

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