DEA warns of extortion scam

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says criminals are posing as law enforcement agents to scam money from the public.

The criminals call the victims and identify themselves as DEA or other agents. They victims are told that purchasing drugs over the Internet or by telephone is illegal, and they’re instructed to pay a fine using a wire transfer, according to an agency news release.

If the victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some people who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported the fraudulent use of their credit cards.

The agency said no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment.

Anyone who receives such a call should refuse the demand and report the threat to the DEA Office of Division Control.

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