The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a warning to its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls by scammers posing as DEA employees attempting to defraud and extort victims. The schemers call the victims, spoofing DEA phone numbers in order to appear legitimate, and threaten arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities unless victims pay a “fine” over the phone, via wire transfer, or through a gift card. DEA personnel does not contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand payment and will not request personal or sensitive information over the phone. If there is a legitimate investigation or legal action, notification will be made via official letter or in-person. The entire press release can be read here .