To visit the DEA's website and read the agency's original "extortion scam" alert, check the DEA website.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- South Lake Tahoe Police officials are warning of a phone scam.
Investigators say on Saturday, January 12th a South Lake Tahoe resident got a call from a man who claimed to be with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The caller said he was investigating illegal, online prescription drug orders, specifically a purchase the resident made in 2006.
The caller then said in order to avoid getting arrested or searched, the resident had to wire $1,000. The resident did not send the money and instead called the police.
South Lake Tahoe police say the DEA is aware of the scam and there is a notification on the agency's website warning people criminals are using this tactic to extort money. The caller typically threatens arrests or searches if the resident does not pay the "fine."
The South Lake Tahoe police emphasize law enforcement agents will never demand money in exchange for not being arrested or searched. They remind residents to never give out personal or financial information over the phone or online unless the recipient of that information can be verified.
South Lake Tahoe police say if you are the victim of this or a similar scam with someone claiming to be DEA, you can contact the DEA directly at 1-877-792-2873 or notify local law enforcement.