SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - South Lake Tahoe Police tell News 4 a resident of South Lake Tahoe received a phone call from a man claiming to be an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The man told the resident he was investigating a mail order prescription purchase the resident had made in 2006. The resident was told to send/wire $1000.00 to avoid being arrested on criminal charges for making an illegal prescription purchase via the internet. The resident called the police and did not send the money.
South Lake Tahoe Police want to remind you, if anyone is ever contacted by someone who claims to be DEA Agent or any law enforcement officer and demands money or any other form of payment, it is a scam. Law enforcement officers will never contact anyone and demand money in exchange for their not being charged or arrested for a crime. Never give anyone your personal or financial information over the phone or e-mail unless you have verified who the person is and what company they work for.
DEA NEWS RELEASE:
DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme.
The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the lnternet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the lnternet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the "fine" via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards.
Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. The public should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment.
The DEA reminds the public to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone or through the Internet. It is illegal to purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met. And, all pharmacies that dispense controlled substance pharmaceuticals by means of the lnternet must be registered with DEA. By ordering any pharmaceutical medications online or by telephone from unknown entities, members of the public risk receiving unsafe, counterfeit, and/or ineffective drugs from criminals who operate outside the law. In addition, personal and financial information could be compromised.
Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat.
Report Extortion Scam: 1-877-792-2873