The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme in which telephone scammers impersonate DEA agents to extort money or steal personally identifiable information (PII). A new public service announcement aims to raise awareness that the DEA will never call demanding money or asking for personal information.
In one false narrative, the target is told their name was used to rent a vehicle which was stopped at the border and contained a large quantity of drugs. The caller threatens the target with arrest for the fictional drug seizure and instructs the person
to send money via gift card or wire transfer to pay a fine or to assist with the investigation
Schemers have spoofed legitimate DEA phone numbers to convince their target the call is legitimate, or have texted photos of what appear to be a legitimate law enforcement credential complete with a photo and badge number.
Scammers are targeting members of our medical community, medical practitioners and pharmacists, and leveling threats using these tactics:
The best deterrence against these bad actors is awareness and caution. Available resources:
Reporting these scam calls will help federal authorities find, arrest, and stop the criminals engaged in this fraud. Impersonating a federal agent is a federal crime, punishable by up to three years in prison. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory
minimum sentence of two years in prison plus fines and restitution.
(Partially reprinted from shazam.net/news/shazam-blog)
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