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DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators

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  1. The Cats Dream
    The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme.

    The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the lnternet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the lnternet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the "fine" via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards.

    Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. The public should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment.
    The DEA reminds the public 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 lnternet 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 purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat.
    Report Extortion Scam: 1-877-792-2873

    -As the DEA became all-powerful, this kind of thing was bound to happen...
    Full text article: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/pressreleases/extortion_scam.htm

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  1. hookedonhelping
    That would be an awkward conversation.
  2. WeOnlyLiveOnce
    First of all, by now if you get a phone call from a " bank or a DEA agent" chances are.... its bull. If the DEA or police need to question or talk to you.... they will knock on your door. WEONLYLIVEONCE---out
  3. nitehowler
    More than likely it probably is the DEA soliciting money???

    The government cant afford to pay their wages so they need our help.

    OH thats right the leaches have been sucking off us all for years !!!!!!!!
  4. Greek
    How would this work? The impersonator would be the vendor himself?
  5. al-k-mist
    If it is ORGANIZED crime, sure.
    Could this, then, be extrapolated to mean that if people accost you and claim to be DEA agents, wearing windbreakers bearing the same three letters(that ANYONE can get made at a uniform shop, duh) could be impersonators, and should be defended against (assuming the DEA would have no reason to accost one)?
    I've always wondered that. Since anyone can order a blue light, should people stop for unmarked cars?
    Please dont neg rep me, Im just hating on the cops a bit, but my points are valid
    Peace
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