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DEA Warns of Extortion Scam

Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control Gives Details On Criminals Posing As DEA Agents

The DEA’s Office of Diversion Control recently issued a warning regarding criminals posing as agents in an effort to extort victims for money. DEA warns of impersonator scams

The scam works like this: The victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be an official from the Drug Enforcement Administration or other law enforcement agency. They will typically target victims who have purchased drugs or pharmaceuticals online or by telephone. During the phone conversation, the DEA impersonator will extort the victim for money by claiming action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. The victim is talked into either providing credit card information over the phone, or instructed to wire funds to a location provided by the scam artist.

Two things that went bad for the victim.

First of all, the DEA warns that purchasing drugs online or by phone, including controlled substances or pharmaceuticals,  is illegal, with a few very stringent exceptions. All pharmacies that dispense controlled substances over the internet are required by law to register with the Drug Enforcement Agency. Purchasing these substances online is frowned upon due to the fact that the consumer has no control over the origin of the drugs, nor the organizations that may be facilitating the purchase. It is always best to go through proper medical channels to receive prescription medication legally from a licensed pharmacist. Continue reading DEA Warns of Extortion Scam