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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, as covered in the news.

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 43 comments

  • On Friday, December 05, 2014, Teri LaFaye wrote:

    360-989-9122 is another number associated with the scammers: Heads up! This time of year telephone scammers lurk looking for potential victims. One is DEA calls where a person poses as a law officer or investigator saying they have found your name on a list of drug trafficking cliental. Rule number ! : NEVER RESPOND TO THESE CALLS! Tell your family and children as well. You can google the phone number to see if there are complaints and who is calling you. My BEATTITUDES ARE: Be safe. Be assertive. Beware. And don't be a victim! -- Teri LaFaye

  • On Thursday, November 06, 2014, Meri wrote:

    My father just received a phone call from this number 404-996-3806 also saying there was a federal investigation regarding narcotics purchases from my deceased mother's credit card. There are terrible people in this world.

  • On Saturday, November 01, 2014, Marcia Goddard wrote:

    I received a similar call yesterday from "Special Agent Carl Coulter" who said he was from the OCI Office of Criminal Investigation. He said they confiscated a package containing illegal substances and that I had to return his call or else they would issue a warrant for my arrest and a search warrant for my house. The number was 360.989.9122 extension 208. He sounded extremely convincing, and I was terrified. The only thing that gave me pause was he pronounced "with you" like "wit chu" in an uneducated way. Thank goodness you have this page as I've been scared to death. What a horrible thing to do to people!!!!!

  • On Monday, October 20, 2014, court wrote:

    I got a call from a 202-239-6922. He said he was officer Rameriz with the DEA and had a package from a year ago from an online pharmacy they had intercepted. He said he had phone conversations recorded ( this was a red flag b/c I don't remember ever being on the phone with any pharmacist) and that they would issue an arrest warrant for me today if I didn't pay $4000 to be Western Unioned to the Dominican Republic. He was very convincing, and had me shaking thinking if I didn't get this money they would issue a search warrant for my house and arrest me. He had me stay on the line with him while I went to get the money and Winn Dixie to wire the funds to 2 separate people… red flags. My husband called while I was in the process and told me not to do it that it was surely a scam. We will wait and see if anything real comes fro this, but there were so many red flags I'm sure it won't… He also said they had looked at my background and knew I had nothing on my record, this is completely false, I have quite a few things on my record..

  • On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Kris wrote:

    I have received several voice mail messages from a Special Agent Commerce saying that there was a federal investigation going on and were getting ready to indicte me and to call him at 404-996-3806 and his badge number was T0792, i finally decided to play along today, he gave me this long discussion about some medication i did purschse online years ago and that i had to send $4982.72 to Clerk Madalin Cossio at address 8532 NW 66th St, Miami, Florida 33166. He said once i called him back and gave him the tracking number for the overnighted money order that he would send my the paperwork for my dismissal of 5 court cases against me. He did give me also a real address for where he supposidly is in Atlanta Georgia and it is a real court house. He used alot of jargon such as order of dismissal, defendent release program, that i would have to get a federal attorney if i did not do this and couldnt give me any other info regarding the case until i called him back, he is calling me right now and i am letting it go to voice mail. When i looked up the address to send the money order, satelitte photos show rows and rows of what looks like warehouses. This is a scam, dont be fooled, federal marshalls are not going to come to your house to arrest you. I am gathering all of this info to report to the police where i live.

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