Be aware of imposters acting as the DEA; the DEA does does not call registrants and ask for money.
The MDA has been alerted by the Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs that a dentist in the St. Louis area received a scam phone call. The caller claimed to be a DEA agent and tried to intimidate and scare the dentist.
This scam has been going on for a while. The DEA has published notices that they do not call registrants and ask for money. And when the MDA learns about scams, which it does from time to time, it too alerts members.
Following is more detail about the call, provided by a Senior Investigator in the Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Wentzville office.
I received a phone call from one of the dentists in my area about a phone call they received from someone who identified themselves as a DEA agent requesting a phone call. When the dentist called the number, they spoke with a person who said they were with the DEA in Springfield, VA and gave names and badge numbers. They were calling for help since there was a bust in Texas and there were schedule 2 and 3 drugs with the dentist’s name, NPI and other information. They advised the dentist they were going to get an arrest warrant for her if she did not help.
The thing that caused the dentist to think this was a scam was that she was told not to contact her lawyer and that she would be working as some type of informant. After getting off of the phone she called her lawyers and the DEA. They discovered this was a scam.