DEA warns public about scam involving fake agents
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA agents scaring people who have purchased drugs over the Internet.
According to a DEA spokesman, the DEA Phoenix and Tucson offices have received numerous phone calls from victims of this scam.
The criminals call victims and identify themselves as DEA special agents, or law enforcement officials from other agencies.
They tell the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet is illegal and unless the pay a fine, there will be enforcement action taken against them.
The criminals tell the victims to pay the fine through a wire transfer to a location that's usually overseas.
If a victim refuses, the impostors threaten to arrest them or search their property.
The DEA says that this is a violation of federal law and that no agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or a form of payment.
Officials also say that is is illegal to purchase controlled substance drugs online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met.
Anyone who has received one of these fraudulent phone calls should refuse the demand and report the scam to the DEA by calling 1-877-792-2873.