Warning: Scammers Impersonating Drug Enforcement Agents Targeting Medical Practitioners

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2022

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme in which telephone scammers impersonate DEA agents to extort money or steal personal identifiable information. Per the DEA warning, DEA personnel will never contact members of the public or medical practitioners by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment, will never request personal or sensitive information over the phone, and will only notify people of a legitimate investigation or legal action in person or by official letter. In fact, no legitimate federal law enforcement officer will demand cash or gift cards from a member of the public.

Recently, a Pennsylvania Medical Society member was targeted by this scam. If you are a medical practitioner, the scammer may reference your National Provider Identifier number(s) and/or state license number(s) and mention that your medical license is compromised due to alleged involvement with illegal drugs, money laundering or other false narratives. They also may claim that patients are making accusations against the practitioner.

Anyone receiving a call from a person claiming to be with DEA should report the incident to the FBI at www.ic3.gov. The Federal Trade Commission also accepts reports of these scams at reportfraud.ftc.gov. For any victims who have given personally identifiable information like a social security number to the caller, they can learn how to protect against identity theft at www.identitytheft.gov.

Reporting these scam calls will help federal authorities find, arrest, and stop the criminals engaged in this fraud. Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law, punishable by up to three years in prison; aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison plus fines and restitution. For more information about this scam, please refer to the DEA website (link)

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  1. Lynn Klein | Mar 10, 2022
    We received a similar call March 9th via voicemail. My fraud "antenna" was raised immediately for many reasons. I contacted the local DEA office and confirmed it was a scam. Then I read this article. Thanks for getting the word out and warning us to be careful.

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