Wednesday, November 28, 2012
DEA warns of scam involving online Rx-drug sales
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about a scam involving criminals who impersonate agents and falsely tell victims they must pay a fine related to a prescription drug purchase.
Authorities say the criminals call the victims — who often bought drugs over the internet or by telephone — and tell the unsuspecting people that it is against the law to buy prescriptions in such a manner.
The criminals tell the victims that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine.
In most instances, the criminals instruct their victims to pay the so-called fine via a wire transfer.
If victims refuse to pay up, the criminals often threaten to arrest them or search their house.
The DEA said no agent will ever contact the public by telephone and demand money or any other form of payment.
It is against the law to impersonate a federal agent.
The DEA asks anyone who has received a call from someone purporting to be a federal agent or other law-enforcement officer to report the incident at 1-877-792-2873.
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