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DEA Call

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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.

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There are 66 comments

  • On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Dawn wrote:

    My girlfriend just got scammed out of $2,000.
    Called the police department, they're not equipped with the man power or resources to catch this Fraudster.

    Found a link to the DEA's website to report this scam. Let's put an end to this guy as quick as possible before he gets other victims. Please take 5-10 minutes to report this Fraud to the proper authorities.
    Click on the Extortion Scam online Reporting link below. Let's get this guy while we still can.

    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.

    Extortion Scam Criminal

    The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the internet 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 internet 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 internet 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 using the online form below. Please include all fields, including, most importantly, a call back number so that a DEA investigator can contact you for additional information. Online reporting will greatly assist DEA in investigating and stopping this criminal activity.

    Extortion Scam Online Reporting


  • On Monday, June 22, 2015, C.S wrote:

    This just happened to me today using the same name Special Agent Gregory Wilcox but different phone number 202-241-6218. I'm guessing he's using a burner phone. Luckily I figured it out in time. He wanted $2500.

  • On Friday, June 19, 2015, Lance wrote:

    I received a call on my cell phone from DEA Narcotics Special Investigations Unit Los Angeles, Agent Gregory Wilcox, 213-928-2556. Talk about scaring the crap out of me! My brain was saying, "no way this is legit," but his aggressiveness, his terminology, his apparent knowledge, etc., was telling me he was for real. I was in Walmart, of all places. He said he could have Federal Marshalls pick me up immediately and escort me to a Federal Courthouse, OR I can choose to waive my right to be escorted, however I would be immediately placed under surveillance under the Patriot Act....then he went on to explain the Patriot Act. (I chose the latter) He explained this long process where I would be one of 50 people not charged, but in exchange for my written testimony, I would only face some civil fines. I mean, this guy went on and on and on. I thought there was no way somebody could make this stuff up!!!! When I told him I had a camping trip planned for later that day and for the next week he said he was going to terminate the call and I would then be charged. The longer he went on, the more my sense of reason and logic fell apart. He even gave me the name and address of the Federal Courthouse to appear at to make the necessary legal arrangements. He never mentioned paying him, only that I would have to pay some fines once I got to the Federal Courthouse. It was crazy. Only now am I starting to laugh at myself for being so gullible. This guy had a strong east coast, rude, demanding tone about him. He gave me a case number, his badge number, on and on and on. All because I bought some vitamins 8 years ago that were "apparently" prescription and I broke the law. It was nuts! It was one of the craziest things that has ever happened to me. But here is the kicker..... while I was in Walmart he told me that Federal Marshals would be there to pick me up, etc., When I walked out of Walmart there was a police car parked next to my vehicle WITH ITS LIGHTS FLASHING!!!! No joke! I about passed out. As it turned out it was simply a police office giving someone a traffic citation and they had coincidentally stopped behind my vehicle. It was like a bad dream for a minute. What are the chances........

  • On Saturday, May 23, 2015, MR Sal wrote:

    hi did anyone gotta call from 3018366375 ,he gave me 877 number as well , his name was Michael Kurson he called me on my cell and left em a massage that he is from DEA Baltimore and investigation officer and his agent will come to my door and to arrest me as in 2010 i bought prescription drug and i am a regular buyer , its weird he was pronouncing my name , but weird thing is i do get a call form usa and may be India and they sale drugs on phone and ask me to buy ..this guy said there is fine for 20000 us dollars =plus i have ot be impression for 2 months in Baltimore...very scary ...

  • On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Dory wrote:

    I received a call yesterday from Special Agent John Anderson, DEA. He left a message. He called again this morning. This time, I actually talked to him. He had information about me, like my address, phone, and that I had ordered a certain medication online on February 23, 2007. I am only 40 years old, and I know that these scams take place. But, he was extremely convincing. When I told him I had SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division) looking into it, he didn't back down. He told me that DEA agents would be at my home to arrest me within 10 minutes. It was very scary how much info he had about me that was accurate!

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