FDA Impersonators Scamming money out of Consumers

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[Best Syndication News] The FDA has issued a warning that there are FDA impersonators posing as special agents and other law enforcement personnel to intimidate consumers that have purchased prescriptions over the internet or telephone into paying fake fines ranging from $100 - $250,000.

The scammers tell the victims usually by telephone that they have violated the law by purchasing prescription drugs online or over the telephone and they must pay a specified fine or they will turn them over to law enforcement and threaten the victim with search of property, arrest, deportation, physical harm and incarceration. The victims often times also have fraudulent credit card transaction that are unrelated to FDA fines scam. The FDA impostors insist that the money be wire transferred to an account that is usually in the Dominican Republic.

The FDA said that they would never contact a consumer by telephone and demand fines. FDA special agents and law enforcement officials cannot impose or try to collect criminal fines. A court must declare if a fine is due, and the fines if applicable would be made payable to the US Treasury.

If you believe that you have been contacted by this FDA scam, the agency is asking the person to not pay them any money and contact FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations Metro Washington Field Office at (800) 521-5783 to report the crime. There are several agencies that are pursuing criminal charges against these impostors.

By: N Wilson

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