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ALERT - Extortion Scam

DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public, to include the DEA registrant community, of a widespread fraud scheme in which scammers impersonate DEA agents in an attempt to extort money or steal personal identifiable information.

DEA personnel will never contact members of the public or medical practitioners to demand money or any other form of payment, will never request personal or sensitive information, and will only notify people of a legitimate investigation or legal action in person or by official letter. In fact, no legitimate federal law enforcement officer will demand cash or gift cards from a member of the public. You should only give money, gift cards, personally identifiable information, including bank account information, to someone you know.

Anyone receiving a fraudulent call or email of this nature, from a person claiming to be with DEA or another law enforcement agency, is encouraged to file a complaint with the FBI and The Federal Trade Commission.

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