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DEA, El Paso Intelligence Center, Warning: Scammers Impersonating Agents
The Drug Enforcement Administration, El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme in which telephone scammers impersonate DEA agents in an attempt to extort money or steal personal identifiable information. This announcement aims to raise awareness that DEA EPIC personnel will never contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment and will never request personal or sensitive information over the phone.
It has come to our attention that schemers have contacted the public and have spoofed legitimate EPIC telephone numbers to convince the target that the call is legitimate. After initial contact, the scammer proceeds to direct the target to our website to further validate their fake identity in an attempt to extort money and/or personal information from the target. This reported scam tactic is only one technique utilized however most of them share many of the same characteristics. The best deterrence against these criminals is awareness and caution.
Please reference the following further information on scammers and best practices:
DEA Warning: Scammers Impersonating DEA Agents
DEA. 4 December, 2018. EPIC Contacts. Retrieved from https://deagovtest.dea.gov/epic/epic-contacts on 27 May, 2023
DEA. "EPIC Contacts."Drug Enforcement Agency, 4 December, 2018, https://deagovtest.dea.gov/epic/epic-contacts Accessed 27 May, 2023.
DEA. . Drug Enforcement Agency on DEA website. https://deagovtest.dea.gov/epic/epic-contacts. 4 December, 2018. Accessed 27 May, 2023.