Special Agent Pena and Special Agent Anthony Williams contacted me and told me they had a warrant for my arrest and U.S. Marshals would be knocking on my door within minutes. They said I was part of a 10 year investigation into the pharmaceutical industry and they had proof I had bought Viagra online in 2006. They said I would be extradited to the Dominican Republic if I did not send them $3,800.00 via western union within the hour.
I CALLED THE FBI AND DEA. I WAS TOLD THIS IS A SCAM!! THIS SCUM BAG NEEDS TO GET A REAL JOB, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO HUSSLE HARD WORKING AMERICANS OUT OF $$. I HOPE THE REAL DEA AND/OR THE REAL SPECIAL AGENT PENA / SPECIAL AGENT ANTHONY WILLIAMS GETS THEIR HANDS ON THIS CLOWN.
This is not your run-of-the-mill scam. These guys had a fake DEA switchboard with extensions for agents in the field. They had done their homework. They raddled off USC statutes they say I violated. They threatened to ruin my career and my family. At one point when I said I was going to ask my wife something they told me that she would be indicted for conspiracy if I mentioned anything to her about the supposed "on going" investigation.
Got a call at work from "Agent Pena" at the DEA saying there was warrant out for my arrest. Totally bogus!!! The number he used was 877 315-3773 x2235
received call from this number at 2:58pm EST, did not answer, they did not leave a message. Glad I googled it. There is a special place in H*ll for these people! :-/
The first phone call I received scared me and i had my lawyer call them back for a fee of 500 dollars..They wanted to arrest me for a pharmacy transaction over the internet. This time I just looked it up on google.
Got the same DEA officer Pena and when I didn't bite he transfered me to a officer williams, same thing about a internet purchase 5 years ago wanted $1800 to stop from being extradited to Dom. Rep. to face drug trafficing charges. Called my lawyer and they looked it up and found this site.
I too received a call from this number, stating it was Officer Hernandez and for me to call him back at the DEA immediately!! So glad I found these postings, unbelievable!!!
HaHaHa...you guys are great.
When I start getting calls like this, from yet another new number, I come right here to see who it was...and it always turns out to be bogus. I stopped answering my landline years ago, when I niavely ordered Viagra online for my EX. (nothing to do with him being my Ex) Online pharmacies have yet to stop calling me. They can't email me, as I have a Spamcop.net account. When I see a familiar number, only then will I answer the phone. Life is alot less stressful that way.
The DEA?? That's not a new one, but must shake some folks up pretty good. It is ashame that the 'Do Not Call' list is worthless and Congress doesn't give s**t about protecting private citizens by passing a law with a few teeth.
Good luck to all in solving this Magilla....
Got a 3rd call today stating it was Officer Pena with the DEA and that I had an international warrant out for my arrest for purchasing prescription drugs from an online pharmacy like 6 years ago. I thought it seemed odd as he was rattling off information that the DEA would call regarding such a matter. He then stated that since I have never been arrested and have no criminal history that if I paid $1200 dollars I would not be sent to the Dom Republic to stand trial and face 3-7 years in a Dom Republic prison. I asked if I could get his name so I could do a search on the computer. I also asked if I could see the paperwork. When I asked about the paper work he said the only paper work would be sending an arresting officer out to pick me up. So I asked if I could call back and he said if you don't call back in 15 minutes they will be coming to get you. So of course when I called back I got a DEA voice mail. Now I was 99% sure it was a scam but having bought diet pills like 10 years ago I thought ya never know. I'm glad I did a phone number search. Thank God for Google!!!!!
FDA NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: Jan. 7, 2011
Media Inquiries: Christopher Kelly, 301-796-4676 firstname.lastname@example.org
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as FDA special agents and other law enforcement personnel as part of a continued international extortion scam.
The criminals call the victims -- who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the Internet or via "telepharmacies" -- and identify themselves as FDA special agents or other law enforcement officials. The criminals inform the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet or the telephone is illegal, and that law enforcement action will be pursued unless a fine or fee ranging from $100 to $250,000 is paid. Victims often also have fraudulent transactions placed against their credit cards.
The criminals always request the money be sent by wire transfer to a designated location, usually in the Dominican Republic. If victims refuse to send money, they are often threatened with a search of their property, arrest, deportation, physical harm and/or incarceration.
"Impersonating an FDA official is a violation of federal law," said Dara Corrigan, the FDA?s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. ?FDA special agents and other law enforcement officials are not authorized to impose or collect criminal fines. Only a court can take such action.?
In most instances, victims of extortion-related calls have also received telephone solicitations for additional pharmaceutical purchases from other possibly related, illegal entities located overseas. The extortionists use customer lists complete with extensive personal information provided through previous purchase transactions. These include names, addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, purchase histories and credit card account numbers.
Typically, these criminals use telephone numbers that change constantly and make it appear as though their calls originate in the United States.
No known victim has been approached in person by a law enforcement impersonator associated with this scheme.
The FDA?s Office of Criminal Investigations, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, with the support of various U.S. Attorneys, are pursuing multiple national and international criminal investigations.
Arrests have been made and additional prosecutions are pending; however, the scheme is likely to continue. The FDA has issued similar warnings in the past:
§ FDA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by FDA Impersonators1 (11/12/2008)
§ FDA Warns Public of Continued Extortion Scam by FDA Impersonators2 (12/29/2009)
Victims of this scheme who have suffered monetary loss through the payment of funds in response to an extortion call from a person purporting to be an FDA or other law enforcement official regarding illegal pharmaceutical transactions may obtain a victim questionnaire by contacting the FDA?s Office of Criminal Investigations3 and clicking ?Report Suspected Criminal Activity.?
Anyone receiving a purported official document on agency letterhead may verify its authenticity by contacting that organization directly via a publicly available phone number. Additionally, all federal agencies use email addresses with a ?gov? email extension.
The FDA also reminds consumers that pharmaceutical products offered online and by telephone by sources of unknown origin can pose a substantial health risk. Products recovered during this investigation that were purchased from online or telephone sources have been found to contain trace amounts of heroin, other undisclosed and potentially harmful active pharmaceutical ingredients, or no active ingredient at all. Purchases should only be made from licensed pharmacies located in the United States. In addition to the increased risk of purchasing unsafe and ineffective drugs from Web sites operating outside the law, personal data may be compromised.
For more on unlawful drug sales on the Internet, see Protecting Yourself4.
Questions and Answers
How did these people obtain my information?
They likely obtained the victim?s information based on a previous online or telepharmacy transaction, or from a submitted medical questionnaire. These instances could have occurred years ago, with personal information now on customer lists trafficked by these criminal groups. These customer lists can contain tens of thousands of names and a substantial amount of self-reported data provided by consumers during previous transactions. Typically, victims are being contacted by multiple unrelated groups, often for different purposes. (extortion, selling illegal pharmaceuticals, etc.)
How do I make the calls stop?
The extorters, just like the majority of telephone solicitors for illegal prescription medication, are based overseas and use voice over internet protocol (VOIP) telephone numbers, most commonly ?Magic Jack?. These services provide the extorters with the flexibility to constantly change their phone numbers and select ones with U.S. area codes. If the victims change whatever number(s) were used to contact them, and do not engage in any additional risky pharmaceutical transactions, the threatening phone calls and associated telephone solicitations for pharmaceuticals should cease.
What proactive steps can victims take?
Individuals who purchase medication online or via tele-pharmacies are frequently victims of credit card fraud, since this is how the medication is often purchased. Victims may want to consider alerting their applicable financial institutions to ensure that identity theft has not occurred.
Why is FDA only asking victims who have lost money to contact the agency?The most effective way to track these criminals is to investigate the permanent record established when money transfers take place.
Have individuals been arrested?
Yes. However, this scheme will likely not be eradicated and instead will continue to evolve. For example, the extorters now occasionally reference other countries, such as Costa Rica, instead of the DR, as means to avoid all of the publicity regarding this scheme.
Am I going to be able to get my money back?
In almost all instances victims will not be able to recoup losses. Multiple criminal groups employ this scheme, principally from overseas, and large monetary seizures are not anticipated.
Am I in danger?
In terms of physical danger, no victim has ever been approached in person, and the vast majority of these callers, regardless of their intent, are based overseas. Their use of ?police-type scanners?, law enforcement language and fictitious documents are attempts at a false sense of legitimacy. Extorters also occasionally reference cars parked on a victim?s street -- information that can be obtained online at various Web sites, as a way to frighten individuals into believing the extorters are near their residence. If an individual feels threatened for his or her personal safety, immediately contact the appropriate local enforcement agency.
Is it possible that these callers are part of some ?secret? investigative group, and FDA is just not aware of it?
No. Law enforcement officials from both the U.S. and the Dominican Republic are pursuing these criminals. More information regarding this scheme is available on FDA and DEA Web sites, or through online searches. Extradition proceedings between countries require close cooperation and often a formal treaty, and this often takes an extended period of time to complete.
Got same call from 443-977-4514 saying exact same thing about being DEA and that I would be arrested within 24 hours and agents were on the way to my home as we spoke. He was pretty good. How do we get this guy caught?
Fake DEA agent calls from a variety of numbers including 443-977-4514, 202-241-5430, 410-609-6964, 678-245-4494 etc,. He likes his returns calls directed to 877-315-3773. Its all a scam I called the DEA office and inquired about some of these numbers in question, including the 877 number-. they are fake.
Got the same call. Didn't answer. Don't plan to call back. Tired of them calling from different numbers pretending to be DEA and FDA. Wish there was some legal recourse to take.
got the same "we are the DEA" message. all these calls come from Magic Jack numbers. Most are from Domincan's. Just disregard
Got a call saying it was Dea. Special agent Robert "something". He rattled it off fast. Sounded like he was reading a script. Couldn't understand the number to call back. It sounded like 877-315-3773 ext..(Couldn't understand at all) After he "Thought" he hung up I could hear a lot of talking in the background. Sounds totally bogus.
Got a call too. They asked who it was. I said Don't you know? Your the DEA!! They said we call a lot of People, I said, The DEA does not call people and tell them to call them back. If there was an ongoing investigation they would not let me know about it. A few words were spoken back and forth and then he said to suck his D... LOL I said " go Scam your Mama , you you so and so..LOL
Got a call from this #..claiming he was a DEA agent, investigating a long standing investigation stemming back fro 2006 of drug trafficking...IGNORE!
Got call for "james at DEA" said to call immediately at this number ext 2013
Claim to be DEA. It's a drug scam. I don't think the DEA would be requesting a call back if they are looking for someone. They have a tendency to just show up unannounced. What a***oles.
High Solicitation - Drug Traffeckting. Go to Jail.