| Just like an unsigned and un-dated check is worthless,
so is an unsigned and un-dated press release. Such is the case with a press
release by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. The press release in question, being
circulated via email, deals with fake federal agents scamming consumers, but it
had no date posted, thus it could have been outdated or even completely
fabricated. Boycott Watch called the DEA and confirmed the authenticity of the
press release, but the agent on the phone could only say "the report came
out in the last few days." We put the date on it.
Boycott Watch believes this is a very important piece of
consumer news which is why we are posting it. It also points out the fact that
if you buy medications online without going through licensed medical channels,
you may be first be scammed into buying fake pharmaceuticals, have you credit
cards used without your permission, and again be scammed with extortion as
detailed in the following DEA press release. Boycott Watch advises consumers to
only purchase pharmaceuticals via local pharmacies and online sources your
physician approves of.
DEA Press Release: 12/7/2011
As Posted At:
ALERT - EXTORTION SCAM - ALERT
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