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The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning Central Indiana residents about a phone scam.

The criminals call the victims, who in most cases have previously purchased drugs, and identify themself as DEA agents. The impersonators tell the victims that enforcement action will taken against them unles they pay a fine.

The victims are then instructed wire the money to a designated location, usually overseas. If the victim refuses, the imposters threaten to arrest them or search their property.

Police said some of the victims who used a credit card had their information stolen and accounts charged.

DEA agents won’t ever call members of the public to demand money or any other

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.

It is illegal to purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met.  And, 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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