NEWARK, N.J. – DEA-registered practitioners and the public are being cautioned against telephone scams involving persons posing as Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations.
The pretend agents demand money to cover fines to avoid arrest, prosecution and imprisonment. The callers have been using fake names and badge numbers, or in some cases the names of well-known senior DEA officials.
“I want to assure the public that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If anyone receives one of these calls do not give out your personal information or provide payment. The best thing to do is just hang up,” Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New Jersey Division, Susan A. Gibson, said.
Calls of this nature should be immediately reported to 877-792-2873 or at apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/esor/spring/main?execution=e1s1.