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Customers of Online Pharmacies Targeted by Bogus FDA Inspectors

Customers of Online Pharmacies Targeted by Bogus FDA Inspectors - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as FDA special agents and other law enforcement personnel as part of a continued international extortion scam targeting consumers who bought drugs online or via telepharmacies.

The criminals call the victims, identify themselves as FDA special agents or other law enforcement officials. The scammers  inform the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet or the phone is illegal, and that law enforcement action will be taken unless a fine or fee ranging from $100 to $250,000 is paid. Victims often also have fraudulent transactions placed on their credit cards.

Victims are always asked to send money by wire transfer to a designated location, usually in the Dominican Republic. Those who refuse to part with their money are often threatened with a search of their property, arrest, deportation, physical harm and/or incarceration.

“Impersonating an FDA official is a violation of federal law,” said Dara Corrigan, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “FDA special agents and other law enforcement officials are not authorized to impose or collect criminal fines. Only a court can take such action.”

Victims of extortion-related calls have also received phone solicitations for additional pharmaceutical purchases from other possibly related, illegal entities outside of the United States. The extortionists use customer lists provided through previous purchase transactions, which include names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, credit card account numbers.

Usually, these criminals use phone numbers that change constantly and make it seem as though their calls originate in the United States.

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