We’ve warned you before about using online pharmacies, and once again we have a warning about them. This time, the warning is about a fake DEA scam, in which scammers contact clients of online pharmacies, pretending to be DEA agents, to extort fines from them.
Basically here’s how the scam works
- Victim purchases products from an online pharmacy
- The fake DEA agent calls the client (using a client list from said online pharmacy) and informs them that they broke the law by purchasing drugs over the internet
- The fake DEA agent then informs them that they must pay a fine, otherwise they will be charged criminally
- The victim, not wanting to get a criminal record or have to deal with the law, simply pays the fine on the spot and hopes that the problem goes away
The only problem here, is that the DEA agent isn’t a real DEA agent, and real DEA agents don’t collect fines for this type of thing over the phone. If you’ve broken the law, and you’re going to be charged because of it, you aren’t going to find out about the situation over the phone. DEA agents are going to come to your house, and in the event that you’ve broken serious law, arrest you.
That being said, the DEA does not go around arresting people who purchase their heart medications online. They are interested in going after major offenders. As such, this scam is obviously fake on two accounts.
If someone calls you, trying to get you to pay a fine over the phone, regardless of which law enforcement agency they claim to be from, it is almost certainly false.