A warning has been sent out Tuesday night from the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The DEA says it has received reports of possible imposters who call people and say purchasing drugs over the Internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine.
In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the "fine" via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards.
The DEA reminds the public to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone or through the Internet. It is illegal to purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met.
All pharmacies that dispense controlled substance pharmaceuticals by means of the Internet must be registered with DEA.
By ordering any pharmaceutical medications online or by telephone from unknown entities, members of the public risk receiving unsafe, counterfeit, and/or ineffective drugs from criminals who operate outside the law. In addition, personal and financial information could be compromised.
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