Extortion Scam Targets DEA Registrants: What Physicians Should Know

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2019

Fraud-Alert-sign-articleWithin the past several years, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has been sharing U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) alerts concerning extortion scams that target DEA registrants. 

Now, in a June 11, 2019 email to DEA registrants, the DEA is once again warning prescribers about this scam. The DEA said that individuals are receiving telephone calls and emails from criminals who identify themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals are masking their telephone number by showing legitimate DEA office numbers such as the DEA Registration Support toll-free number.

PAMED has also heard from Pennsylvania physician members who have been targeted by this scam. Some members are being told by fraudulent callers that their DEA numbers have been breached and are being used for illegal prescriptions.

What to Do If You Are Targeted by Scam

The DEA confirms that its employees will never contact a registrant and ask for money or threaten to suspend DEA registration. If you are targeted by this extortion scam, you can report the incident using this DEA online reporting form.

For more information, you can also contact the DEA’s Registration Service Center at 1-800-882-9539 or DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov. You can also visit the DEA online here to locate a field office near you.

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