Last Updated: Jul 7, 2022
Please be aware of an ongoing widespread fraud scheme wherein telephone scammers contact medical practitioners, among others, and pose as federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to extort money and/or obtain personal identifiable information. The DEA wants you to know that its agents will never contact you by telephone to seek money or personal information or to level threats against you.
The scammers utilize a variety of false narratives related to the alleged disruption of, or compromising of, bank accounts due to drug trafficking or drug cartel activities. The scammers allege to be federal agents working to “reset” the bank account(s) and often include threats of arrest, prosecution and/or imprisonment. The scammers often request bank account information, social security numbers, birthdates, or other sensitive information. Very recently a scammer called a PAMED member and pushed a very detailed, phony narrative about the diversion of the physician’s bank deposits to countries heavily involved in the illegal drug trade.
If contacted by such a scammer, please report it to the FBI at www.ic3.gov. A DEA warning issued last year contains helpful information. It can be accessed here.