How the scam works:
If you live in the USA and just bought prescription pills online, you might receive a phone call from somebody claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) saying you violated the law and are being charged.
Over the phone, the crooks inform you that purchasing drugs over the Internet is illegal and that enforcement action will be taken against you. The victims are told to pay a fine via wire transfer. If the victims refuse, they are threatened with possible arrest or a search of their property.
How to avoid:
Call the real DEA if you get these kinds of phone calls. Hang up with the scammers right away and look for the official DEA website.
How to report:
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This telephone SCAM happened to ME yesterday. August 23, 2013. Very Scary- someone calling said they were Special Agent William Wright from DEA in Wash DC – said they had an arrest warrant issued and I would be arrested ASAP. If I didn’t pay $1850.00 to the Dominion Republic for buying illegal RX’s over the Internet in 2008. Said getting an attorney would cost over 4 grand – so it was best to pay the $1800 paying off the Dominion Republic – arrest warrant would be dropped – would not go to jail. phone # called from (202) 241-5693. I asked for what proof he had – went silent then replied he did not have paperwork in front of him. FYI -I have never purchased anything illegally.