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The Drug Enforcement Agency is warning people about a telephone scam in which the scammers attempt to obtain personal information and money.
The scammers target people who buy prescriptions or vitamins online.
Julie Patterson recently received such a call after buying prenatal vitamins online, and the call really frightened her.
Patterson says that the caller told her that they had a warrant for her arrest because of her recent purchase of prenatal vitamins on the internet, ABC News says.
She did some research after getting her children out of her house and getting emergency medical attention for her difficulty breathing. She quickly learned that this phone call was a scam.
“What they try to do is basically scare the heck out of innocent citizens to make them think the DEA has a major investigation on them, and to avoid incarceration, or arrest, you can simply send them money to pay as a fine," said Jack Riley, U.S. DEA special agent in charge, to ABC News. "Clearly, we don't operate that way.”
The DEA issued a press release to request that anyone who receives a call like this report the call to their toll free hotline.
Report Extortion Scam: 1-877-792-2873