Collier told me many people who did pay the fine were re-contacted several times over with extortion demands. One victim paid $80,000 over time in extortion money. Collier reminded me that no DEA agent will contact the public to demand payments. Collier showed me the DEA scam alert on this extortion scheme, which reads in part:
“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.”
The DEA encourages anyone victimized to report these extortion attempts by calling (877) 792-2873. Getting a phone number of the caller is very useful to these investigations.
You can also call me if you received such phone calls and I will look into it.
I’d like to hear from you with any concerns on issues of fraud or scams. Contact me, Randy Meier, at Seniors vs. Crime, 242-9211, ext. 4433.