DEA flagging registrant extortion scam

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) says that it has received reports that its “registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails [from] criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel…criminals have masked their telephone number on caller ID by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.”

DEA stresses that “a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.”

DEA is encouraging individuals who are contacted by a person who purports to work for DEA and seeks money or threatens to suspend their DEA registration should click here to submit a report.

Contact DEA at 800.882.9539 or DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov with questions.