Published on March 13th, 2020
BEWARE: Scammers are contacting physician practices. Do not provide information regarding medical licenses.
A St. Luke’s affiliated physician practice received two calls from individuals this morning (Friday, March 13th), claiming to represent the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The callers asked to speak to two different physicians within the practice, saying they needed to “verify details pertaining to the physicians’ medical licenses.” When the person who received the call identified herself as the credentialing specialist, the line went dead.
Should you receive a call from a person claiming to be a DEA special agent, DEA investigator or another federal law enforcement official:
- Do not transfer the call to the physician
- Do not provide any information
- Contact your supervisor
- Contact David Finkelstein at 484-822-2126
- Complete the DEA’s Extortion Scam Online Reporting Form
The DEA has warned that calls from people claiming to be DEA agents is part of extortion scam in which criminals call the victims and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the “fine” via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property.
Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. No DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment.