How the scam works:
(with video below) DEA stands for the United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration. Callers phone homeowners and present themselves as DEA representatives.
They tell the victims that DEA has intercepted a large package addressed to them.
“We are sorry to inform you, but this package has your name on it, and you have the choice of paying $1,200 to forfeit the drugs or go to jail". When trying to fight back, the victims (usually older) are asked for evidence that they are NOT involved in this drug deal. “If you don’t have any, the fact that your name and address is on the package could put you away for 12 years”.
Watch the video below to see in action the DEA Call scam.
DEA Call Scam in the News Video
How to avoid:
Tell your parents to hang up the phone. Authorities never call to ask about your involvement-- they will come to your door with a warrant.
How to report:
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