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Investigators Track DEA Telephone Extortion Scam

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Men impersonating agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration are calling people threatening to have them arrested for buying prescription drugs over the internet.  It's a scam that has terrified thousands of  people all over the country. The con artists accuse the victims of having committed a felony that is punishable by several years in prison. They tell the victims that agents are on their way to arrest them unless they  agree to pay a fine of $3,300.  

It happened to Dori Wolfenstein's mother.  "She was panicking because the first thing she hears is, you've committed  a felony and you're going to jail." Her mother never paid a dime because Wolfenstein, who happens to be a retired LAPD cop told her it was scam.  

But the DEA says many people have been swindled out of thousands of dollars. Some paying as much as $6,000 to avoid being arrested. 

A warning posted on the DEA's website says scammers are pulling an extortion scam. They warn the public that no law enforcement officer will ever call and demand money for a crime committed.  

Investigators have tracked these scams to the Dominican Republic and South America.

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