DEA warns of phone scams pretending to be DEA agents

The DEA is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme where telephone scammers are impersonating DEA agents, trying to extort money or steal personal information.

The DEA will never phone demanding money or asking for personal information.

A release says that the target’s name was used to rent a vehicle which was stopped at the border and contained a large quantity of drugs.

The caller than tries to verify their social security number or tells the target their bank account has been compromised.

In some cases, the caller threatens the target with arrest for the fake drug seizure and instructs the person, over the phone, to send money via gift card or wire transfer to pay a fine or to assist with the investigation or with resetting the bank account.

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