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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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16.

GetWrite    

hahahahahahahahaha

1101 days ago
17.

metropony    

I can see this being a relevant story on any other news site, but on TMZ? Slow news day? How does this fit your format?

1101 days ago
18.

Saul Richman    

America needs to wake up and start deporting these people, many of them make it thru Puerto Rico, once they make it to America some of them start a life of crime! A Dominican just got arrested in Panama for kidnapping Chinese Immigrant Children, collecting ransom and not returning the victims, authorities found five victims buried under the living room, bedrooms and even bathrooms of property, and lots of cash from ransom payments.

1101 days ago
19.

campin    

No idea how you'd fall for this. Almost as bad as the *****ian ones... Idiots.

1101 days ago
20.

weiner's weiner    

They'll lawyer up for a $30 parking ticket but not a $100k fine from the DEA? Rich people have their priorities all ****** up.

1101 days ago
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