DEA Warns of Extortion Scam
If you bought prescription pills on the internet, and get a phone call from the DEA saying you violated the law and can get out of being charged by paying a fine (also via the internet), the DEA says don't fall for it, it's a scam.
Where is it happening? So far, in Aspen. Here's the Aspen/Pitkin County press release. [More...]
Sheriff Joe DiSalvo would like to warn the citizens of Pitkin County about criminals posing as DEA special agents working as part of an international extortion scheme. Residents have reported to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office that they have received phone calls from a person posing as a DEA special agent. According to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) website the calls are most likely placed to people who have purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone. Over the phone, the imposters “inform the victims that purchasing drugs over the internet is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them” states the DEA website. The victims are told to pay a “fine” via wire transfer, usually to an overseas location. If the victims refuse to pay the fine they are threatened with possible arrest or a search of their property.
The DEA wants you to call them if you've received such a call. The Aspen article says:
The residents who contacted authorities had purchased prescription drugs, said deputy Michael Buglione. They were not violating any laws.
I hope people don't read that and think it is legal to purchase any prescription drug on the internet. You still need a valid prescription. I hope this isn't a DEA reverse scam to get people to phone in admitting they committed a crime. (Please don't put the name of specific drugs in comments, it brings out the spammers. Use asterisks if you must refer to a certain prescription drug. And please don't ask for or provide legal advice, TalkLeft doesn't do that.)
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