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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fake DEA Enforcers Are 'Busting' Innocent People

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Just don't answer the phone
  • Just don't answer the phone

If a DEA agent busts you but takes only your money and not your pot, that's a good indication that you've been duped.

The real U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency told reporters that there is an international scam happening with criminals impersonating special agents as a way to intimidate innocent people and shake them down for money.

According to the DEA, the criminals will call victims who have purchased drugs over the phone before and tell them that buying drugs via the phone or the Internet is illegal. They tell them that they have to pay a hefty fine immediately or they will be arrested.

The bogus agents will tell their victims they must send the fine money by wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas -- that's the dead giveaway.

"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 agency said in a statement.

So if you are contacted by someone claiming to be a special agent, hang up the phone and roll another joint.

Just don't give them any money!

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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