DEA calling? NO, it’s a scam hitting doctors and consumers

Monday, January 29, 2018


Scam artists posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are calling physicians and consumers as part of a nefarious international extortion scheme. The scammers target victims who have previously purchased prescriptions by telephone or the internet and identify themselves as DEA agents or other law enforcement. They tell their victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or telephone is illegal and that enforcement action will be taken against them if they don’t pay a fine, usually thousands of dollars. 

The agency says that no DEA agent will ever contact physicians or members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you receive a call like this, refuse the demand for payment, hang up and and immediately report the threat using the DEA’s online form.

For more information, read the the DEA’s news release. 




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