Boycott Watch  
December 8, 2011
Fake DEA Agents Scamming Consumers
Summary: US Department of Justice warns consumers, Boycott Watch chides DEA for not dating press release, questioning its validity.
   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via email, deals with fake federal agents scamming consumers, but it had no date posted, thus it could have been outdated or even completely fabricated.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:

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

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