MORRISTOWN, NJ - A Morristown resident called the police station yesterday, advising that they received a call from a person claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency in Texas, said officials. The caller asked for personal identifying information of the resident, they said
According to authorities, the caller was "spoofing" their telephone number to make it look like it was coming from the Morristown Police Department. The Morristown Police are alerting residents that they will never call and ask you for personal information over the phone.
If you receive a phone call like this and believe you are being scammed, hang up and report the incident to police. Never provide personal information to anyone, over the phone, they say.
The following are the details from the DEA webpage advising of this scam.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that physicians, pharmacies and Tthe public have been targeted by criminals posing as DEA agents.
In some instances callers may claim to be employees with the Texas Medical Board and/or the DEA, and may even attempt to spoof agency phone numbers. Please know the TMB would never call and make such requests for sensitive information over the phone.
The DEA has issued notices to registrants and has provided the following advisory information:
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals mask their telephone number on caller ID by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.
Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.
If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information on the DEA Diversion Control Division website www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov and select the link for “Extortion Scam Online Reporting.”
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