Got the same call and was hysterical . My son called back and said he knew it was a scam and if he showed up he could meet our pit bull(who has never met a person he didn't love) . I was also threatened with a Ryan violation and could serve 5-10 years in jail. My son has studied business law and Internet law and marketing. He knew right away that the law doesn't apply to consumers. He was on the phone with the fake mark Waller for 20 minutes and told the guy he needed acting lessons. At the end of the conversation he actually asked my son ways to improve his scam!
Bum scammed me too, I recognised his voice ;he called me a year ago-said he was from the FDA, guess he switched agencies. Fking guy has a funny voice, can't forget it-he used an imitation stutter last year but it's the same f**, voice inflection's Identical. Got to bust this B*****d.
mom of 3
got a call from this number claimed to be DEA agent Mark Ward. wehn I called the # back just did not sound like the DEA to me and would not give me a badge number when first asked. I said i would call back hung up and looked up the # online.....really scary stuff now I am going to call the real DEA
I got a call this last Friday from this same telephone number and the alleged Mark Waller. He started out asking me if I had any idea of why I was being contacted by a law enforcement officer. Claimed he was DEA and that a package I had ordered from an online pharmacy had been intercepted as being smuggled in to the US and that it was from a drug ring that had been busted. Accused me of knowingly sending money to a foreign country for illegal drugs.
I told him I had no idea of what he was talking about then he supposedly had "another call" but said he would call back.
SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM
MARK WALLER IS A SCAMMER/ THE PHONE NUMBER IS FROM WAYNE NEW JERSEY
TELLS ME HE HAS A SEARCH WARRANT (HOW DUMB IS THAT)& AN ARREST WARRANT(HOW DUMB IS THAT). IF THERE IS A SEARCH WARRANT:
1. TRUST ME THEY WOULD NOT TELL YOU ( could get rid of the drugs)
2. IF THEY HAVE AN ARREST WARRANT THEY WOULD JUST PICK YOU UP(NO NEED TO TALK TO YOU
3.SINCE WHEN DID YOU PAY A FINE TO A POLICE AGENCY, ESPECIALLY DRUG ENFORCMENT
BY WESTERN UNION TRANSFER.(This and this alone lets you know it is a scam!!!
The real guys would just say tell it to the judge!!!
PS- These days customs is doing there job, so as long as you donot claim the merchandise I think your OK
they ususally send a form asking if you claim the merchandise otherwise it is disposed of.
Guy called saying he was DEA whatever...said it was in reference to some drugs I supposedly purchased online some years go, that were intercpted by custom. Said he was 'trying to help me out' and kept threatening sending agents to my house and I had better get an attorney. Got upset when I asked him to provide further evidence as to who he was, why the telephone line sounded like it was from some old soviet satellite country and finally hung up when I told him to come to my house and have carnal knowledge with my dog. As above, check out DOJ DEA scam online
OMg, I just hung up on someone with the same thing. Fortunately I have a lawyer as a neighbor so I'm going to have her look into this. When I asked him what the address was where whatever he was talking about was sent, he tried to bluff his way out of it so I hung up.
Me too and I'm still waiting. LOL. Go to Dept of Justice website, search DEA scam, a number you can call to report this.
Yes, Mark Waller and Sgt. Mike Turner. But Sgt. Mike Turner made a mistake and said his name was Mark Turner. Turn them in via the DOJ website.
I got a call from the exact phone number.
He claimed to be Mike Turner from the DEA in New Jersey, badge number A6536, and said the same thing as the below post. That I ordered xanax online four years ago and I was in violation of the RICO act.
He never got around to extorting but told me agents were on their way to pick me up.
Got a call from 973-910-4096.
The guy said he was Special Agent Mark Waller from DEA regarding a case he needed my help with, so I called him back.
He said he had 3 packages from online pharmacies, signed for by me, for Xnax. Told him I need to get my attny on the line as I've never signed for any such thing.
He said there was no reason to get an attorney involved at this point, it was a matter I could take care of myself. Because of blah, blah, blah International laws etc. and to FedEx $1,500. to Pedro Lara in Romana, Dominican Republic, the prosecuting attny waiting at the Federal courthouse(on Sunday morning). Never did it and he called back about 15 times but I didn't pick up the phone.
Called the DEA and they said this has been happening and to let them know if I got more calls.
Got the same cal!!!!!
Said he was Special Agent Mark Waller from DEA regarding a case he needed my help with. Called him back. Turns out he said he had 3 packages from online pharmacies, signed for by me, for Xnax. Told him I need to get my attny on the line and he said there was no reason to. It was a matter I could take care of myself. Just FedEx $1500 to Pedro Lara in Romana, Dominican Republic, the prosecuting attny, waiting at the Federal courthouse(on Sunday morning). Never did it and he called back but I didn't pick up the phone.
Here is the link to the DEA's press release: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/pressreleases/extortion_scam.htm
Report them to the DEA: 1-877-792-2873
ALERT - EXTORTION SCAM - ALERT
DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by
DEA Special Agent Impersonators
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme.
The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the lnternet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the lnternet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the "fine" via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards.
Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. The public should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment.
The DEA reminds the public to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone or through the Internet. It is illegal to purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met. And, all pharmacies that dispense controlled substance pharmaceuticals by means of the lnternet must be registered with DEA. By ordering any pharmaceutical medications online or by telephone from unknown entities, members of the public risk receiving unsafe, counterfeit, and/or ineffective drugs from criminals who operate outside the law. In addition, personal and financial information could be compromised.
Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat.
Report Extortion Scam: 1-877-792-2873
I just got a call from a DEA agent that said I had wire taps on my phone and that I had purchased from online pharmacies and they had an arrest warrant for me and a search warrant for my house. I never purchased these drugs and he would not give me information. I was to send $3000 within 1 hour and not talk to anybody about it. I was on my way out the door when I read this website. Thank you.
Prescription Drug Scam Uses DEA Agents' Identities To Terrify Victims into Paying Up
The websites seem so simple, so inviting -- buy prescription diet pills or sleep-aids without a prescription. But it could be a trap.
A few clicks on certain websites can lead to phone calls that sound like this: "This is officer James Kashin. If you and your wife don't call me back you are going to jail."
Or this: "This is special agent David Brown. We are going to bring you in, in custody, with criminal charges for medication from overseas."
It's all part of an elaborate scam, including the alleged law enforcement phone calls.
According to DEA officials, criminal scam artists first sell prescription drugs online through websites they sometimes operate. After customers input their personal information and make a purchase, the criminals can use the information to blackmail and extort them.
Scammers pose as federal drug enforcement agents, even use actual agents' names, when they make threatening phone calls to thoroughly scare their marks, but then the fake agents offer their victims a lifeline. The caller tells his victims that they have a choice -- either they pay up by a certain deadline and their names will be cleared, or they will be charged as suspects in a criminal investigation and face jail time.
"Basically he wanted me to pay $1,500," said Kesha Howell, a victim of the scam.
"He's got you in such a panic state that by the time he offers you the money, I mean really, that's a no-brainer. Just tell me how much and if I can afford to do it, I'm in," said Darren Dutil, another victim.
Victims of this scam say the phone calls sound authentic and are genuinely terrifying because the person on the other end has all of their personal information.
"He was very calm, cool, but very intimidating. He knew things about me. He had legit information on me and that's what was so scary," Howell said.
"I was ready to call my wife and kids and say, 'hey look, see you all later. I'm obviously going to be gone for a while,'" Dutil said.
Another victim, who didn't want his name revealed, said he got a call from the scammers and fake DEA agents actually showed up at his house in suburban Fort Worth, Texas.
"They pulled up in a black SUV, right there at the driveway. Two white males got outside, stood beside the truck, and a slender 5-10, 5-11 black male came toward me with black wavy hair," he said.
In the end, he said he didn't fall for the scam, but he admitted he came close.
But Carolyn Sirek, a legal secretary from Joshua, Texas, fell into the trap and accepted the buyout option after receiving the scamming calls. According to her husband Dan Sirek, Carolyn went into a local Wal-Mart and wired the scammers the money through Western Union.
"It depleted our savings account, let's put it that way," Dan Sirek said.
Very often, after one payment, the scammers come back for more. Carolyn Sirek was apparently so upset and scared about what happened that she shot and killed herself in her backyard. Her husband said he found her with a bullet hole in her chest.
Thousands of victims, many of whom have paid the scammers, have called the DEA hotline for help. Officials believe several of these people have shelled out thousands of dollars in the extortion and that the operation is being run out of the Dominican Republic.
The DEA has indicted 11 Dominican men, but as of yet, those men have not been arrested. Agents told ABC News they are working with the Dominican government to have the suspects extradited to the United States, and are investigating other groups operating similar scams.
The DEA advises that anyone who gets a threatening phone call to hang up and report it and also warns Americans to be very, very wary of online pharmacies.
"I think that's one of the takeaways for people to understand, that buying over the Internet for controlled substances is highly suspicious, and they should be very cautious about trying to do that," said DEA agent Gary Boggs.
If the 11 men who have been indicted are charged, they face 20 years in prison. Dan Sirek, who lost his wife, thinks they should get the death penalty.
"Our relationship is probably something that only comes along once in a lifetime, and I hope they move fast and get these people so nobody else gets hurt," he said.
Answered phone call at this number from NJ, Said he was a DEA agent and i am being arrested for online pharm. purchase. Did not ask for money but was a real jerk. I never did anything like that but he sure made it seem as if I did.