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Drug Scam Victims

Ante Up $100,000

To Avoid Prosecution

9/26/2011 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Victims of a massive drug scam in which people who order prescription drugs online have been threatened with extradition and prosecution by people posing as DEA agents -- and have been extorted for as much as $100,000 ... DEA officials tell TMZ.

TMZ broke the story ... criminals posing as DEA agents have infiltrated websites selling online prescriptions and contacted hundreds of people, telling them they have been indicted in the Dominican Republic for illegal drug purchases but the judge will accept a civil fine in lieu of prosecution.

We're told the fines demanded generally range between $2,500 and $25,000, although some of the demands were for $100,000.

DEA officials say the scope of the scam is massive -- 2,000 people have complained about being victimized in the last year alone.  Of course, the DEA has no idea how many panicked victims paid the "fines" without ever complaining.

We're told the Feds have indicted 11 Dominicans for criminal conspiracy involving wire fraud, but none have been arrested -- at least not yet.

If you're a victim of this fraud, you can call the DEA Extortion Scam Hotline (yes, that's what it's called!) at 1(877) 792-2873.

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maggie    

so, which celebrities are involved in this story?

1033 days ago
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thomas    

Stupid people who order fake drugs online deserve what happens to them.

1033 days ago
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Tammy    

Why panic and pay fines IF they have a prescription for the drugs they are ordering?!?! Do prescription drug takers panic easier and are stupier than those who don't take them?

1033 days ago
4.

Conservatives are Cowards    

How dumb are these people? Red flags abounds here, at least to anyone with a slight understanding of how law works. First off, why would the U.S. DEA be conducting an investigation for a Dominican court? Second, why would a U.S. agent who is not a U.S. Marshal contact a person about a foreign investigation? Third, why would someone are if they are indicted by a Dominican court unless they live there or visit there often?

Then again, judging by the posts made on the Internet by self-appointed "legal experts," I guess I can see how this happened.

1033 days ago
5.

Cheryl A.    

How can ANYONE send money without VERIFYING???

1033 days ago
6.

nick    

funkmaster flex

1033 days ago
7.

agold    

Then what, the DEA then sticks your a@s on the "They probably ordered illegal rx overseas" list and then goes after you. Only this time you ignore the messages or tell the real DEA agent to go jump in a lake, adding other charges to you. YAY!!

1033 days ago
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Sunshine    

Why would a innocent person panic?

1033 days ago
9.

kp    

If our great government knows this is going on why did they not bring it public. Investigating, bull **** if they find out who it is they don't do any thing to them any way. They just move and change there name and our government says da

1033 days ago
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Kosher SAL    

Harvey is setting people up lol

1033 days ago
11.

Kelly    

I read about this scam a few weeks ago, it appears these people are random calling hoping to get a sucker just as in the bank account scams and dont necessarily have a list of people who purchuse drugs off the internet.

Man posing as DEA agent dupes Boynton woman out of $6,000
September 16, 2010|By Alexia Campbell, Sun Sentinel

A con artist posing as a federal agent called a Boynton Beach woman last week and said she was wanted in the Dominican Republic on drug charges and needed to wire $2,500 to avoid arrest.

The 55-year-old woman, who has cancer, ended up losing $6,000 in the scam, according to Boynton Beach Police.
This is a new type of "phone scam" thas has police worried about others who may have been swindled.
"We want to be sure to make the public aware so no one else becomes a victim," police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-09-16/news/fl-boynton-phone-scam-victim-20100916_1_dea-agent-scam-law-enforcement

1033 days ago
12.

Uncle Rufus    

Too bad some seniors may fall for this...WISH they'd contact ME....I'd learn some "Dominican" SWEAR words, JUST FOR THEM...PUNKS!

1033 days ago
13.

Parsons    

The scammers have also been identifying themselves as agents for the FDA. This has been going on for several YEARS and should have been made public a long time ago. I know first hand about this.

1033 days ago
14.

pawang    

NO
I am not calling the DEA and telling them I purchased ILLEGAL drugs ILLEGALLY online

I'll just ignore the phone call

1033 days ago
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pawang    

BTW
I have never ever purchased anything illegal online

1033 days ago
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