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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 72 comments

  • On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Lito wrote:

    My grandfather received a call from a (321) area code based in Florida. As others have described here, the individual calls accusing the victim importing illegal priscription drugs and begins to get aggresive telling him that he has a warrant for his arrest and needs to deal with this immediately. My grandfather vehemently denied the claims and hung up.

    They catch you off gaurd because they call you by your full name and know your address. Please hang up. This is a complete fraud. When you call the number back it is a shady male on an answering machine saying "This is the DEA, leave a message"...pure bogus.

  • On Friday, July 17, 2015, wendy wrote:

    I received a call just like those shared here already. The person identified himself as special agent John Anderson and was very aggressive and threatening. He told me that, to clear my name, I would need to fly to the Dominican Republic and pay $1900 in civil penalties there and then asked me if I could leave today otherwise, he'd have federal agents come to my house and arrest me. I insisted that I would need to see paperwork before taking such action and that I was concerned that this was a potentially fraudulent call. At that point, his language became even more threatening and, when I held my ground, he disconnected the line. Very unsettling as he did seem to have all my personal info!

  • On Monday, July 13, 2015, Shannon wrote:

    Got a phone call Saturday from a number I didn't recognize so I didn't answer it. Five minutes later I get a message from an Agent John Anderson telling me the DEA was investigating me for a mail order prescription I purchased seven years ago and they had a warrant for my arrest. Became very aggressive and I just kept telling them I didn't know what he was talking about. When he couldn't get me to become hysterical he put me on hold and hung up.I didn't give him any information and he never asked for any money but it was a very scary experience. He use the number 215-253-7388.

  • On Friday, July 10, 2015, karen wrote:

    My children played back a disturbing message on my landline today. They were afraid for me! This guy special agent ( missed the name) from 1-240-200-9815 ( bandwidth MD location) stated he has my package of "weight loss medication" that I ordered online illegally and that we need to "talk" about my illegal online ordering! I know it is a scam as I do not order online medications! My children were so upset . I reported this # to as many agencies as possible and to Bandwidth also. Thanks.

  • On Thursday, July 09, 2015, Karen wrote:

    I also received a similar message on my landline today. It really scared my children! I tried to explain it was bogus! The person used some special agent name ( i don't recall it) from this number 240-200-9815. Stating he had my weight loss medication that
    I illegally ordered online and I needed to call him back to discuss my illegal online ordering! I did not call him back. I did a reverse search. Its from MD looks like a nice house. Uses Bandwidth. I reported the number to as many agencies including Bandwidth as possible. I could laugh at it because it all LIES but, my children were afraid listening to that!

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