Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Warns of Extortion Scam by Special Agent Impersonators

Posted 2 months ago

This is from the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) that works with all state boards of nursing. 

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Warns of Extortion Scam by Special Agent Impersonators

The DEA is warning the public, including the DEA registrant community of practitioners and pharmacies, of an international extortion scheme involving criminals posing as DEA special agents, DEA investigators and other law enforcement personnel. The extortion scheme consists of criminals calling victims – who in most cases had previously purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone – identifying themselves as law enforcement and informing the victims that purchasing drugs via these avenues is illegal and enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine.

The DEA notes, “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 is advising anyone that receives a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent, DEA Investigator or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat.  https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/esor/spring/main?execution=e1s1