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DEA Call: How The Scam Works

(with video below) DEA stands for the United States' Drug Enforcement Administration. If you watched movies like Breaking Bad you are probably familiar with the term. However, be careful about a scam happening this week. Callers phone homeowners - you could be next, so beware - and present themselves as DEA representatives. Once victims respond, criminals proceed to tell them that DEA has intercepted a large package addressed to them. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action the DEA Call Scam:


DEA Call Scam in the News Video

The scammers present the following scenario:

"We are sorry to inform you, but this package has your name on it and the contents are all illegal substances. You have the choice of paying $1,200 to avoid the legal reprecussions or go to jail". When trying to fight back, the victims - usually older - are required to provide evidence that they are NOT the owners of the package or involved in the drug deal.

"If you don't have any proof, the simple fact that your name and address is on the package could put you away for 12 years", says the criminal.

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Although many people still avoid this scam by calling out the crooks, several fall victims after being scared by the official verbiage of the caller. This happens because criminals often use the Caller ID Spoofing technology, which makes the display of the victims' smartphone to show whatever name they want.

In this case, the phone of the recipient shows "Drug Enforcement Administration" when it rings. How could you not believe that? 


DEA Call: How To Avoid

Tell your parents to hang up the phone. Authorities never call to ask about your involvement-- they will come to your door with a warrant.


DEA Call: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of the DEA Call scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers' phone numbers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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