Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Phone Extortion


A lot of people are getting unexpected calls from phony FDA or DEA agents claiming to have evidence the person has ordered (or attempted to order) prescription drugs illegally. As stated on the FDA website;

"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."

According to victim testimony, these crooks are very hostile and persuasive, and it seems they've successfully extorted money from any number of unwitting victims or their concerned relatives. The scam seems to originate from the Dominican Republic, and the extortionists have also reportedly posed as Secret Service agents and other various law enforcement officials.

How these crooks choose their targets isn't clear. The scammers have been reported to pose as telemarketers selling prescription meds. If their target agrees to make a purchase, they call back later posing as law enforcement and demand a fine be paid.

One thing is certain. Any stranger who calls requesting or demanding money be wired anywhere, for any reason, is a thief. Cops don't call people to demand money, last I checked. Not in AMERICA anyway. And if ever that changes... well... Houston, we got us a serious problem here.

Since I recently called the shady US Drugs 800 line listed in the previous entry, it's possible I may get one of these calls soon. If so, I'll do my best to have it traced by the authorities, after laughing in their federal agent impostor faces.

Should you happen to get such a call, contact the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations


Related articles:
Fake IRS collectors calling
consumeraffairs.com
palmbeachpost.com
800notes.com
800notes.com victim testimony

A few numbers used by the extortionists:

617-334-9371
360-989-9832
202-280-7705

4 comments:

  1. Just got a call from 202-280-7705 saying I owed money to the IRS, when I confronted the indian-accented man he called me a bitch, at which point I hung up, good for nothing scammers!!

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    1. I also got calls from the same number but an Indian woman left voice mails (the message was exactly the same down to the intonation of her sentence structure which means it was a recording) I didn't call the number back but they also claimed to be from the IRS and that if I didn't call back they just wished me luck as "The situation unfolds" and basically said it would ruin my life. I'm glad to know it's a scam. Thanks for posting your comment!

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  2. Same here, sounded like a recorded message from 202-280-7705 and the woman with an "Asian-like" accent said she was from IRS. She repeatedly said that "this message is for you", so obviously she didn't know my name. She also sounded threatening.

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    1. Spoofed US number via Ymax Communications Corp, probably using MagicJack VoIP service. Report, block #, ignore

      http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/fake-irs-collectors-are-calling

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