September 21, 2017  Last Update: December 21, 2016, 11:10 pm

Fake FDA Agents Scamming Online Drug Buyers

Is it legal to buy prescription drugs online? The technical answer is “yes”, but there are so many rules and regulations, the practical answer in most cases is “no”. Since the enforcement agencies want to simply say “no” and the online drug sellers just want to say “yes”, consumers are left to navigate a legal minefield. Now scammers have stepped into the mix, pretending to be FDA agents and seeking your personal information for identity theft and other nefarious purposes.

According the the FDA, here’s how the scam works:

Someone will call you and identify him or herself as an FDA special agent or another kind of law enforcement official. You'll be told that purchasing drugs over the Internet or telephone is illegal and be threatened with prosecution unless a fine or fee—ranging from $100 to $250,000—is paid. If you refuse to pay up, the caller threatens to search your properties, arrest or deport you, put you in jail, and even physically harm you.

 

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