Live your life skeptically.
I'm not telling you to abandon religion, or refuse to give your kids presents from Santa Claus, or disbelieve your mother when she says your special, or scoff when your wife says that bald, pudgy, aging men are sexy.
What I mean is this: when a guy with a heavy accent calls you from a toll-free number and says that the DEA has intercepted illicit prescription medication being sent to you and that they have a "bench warrant" and a search warrant for your home, exercise a bit of skepticism. When you return the guy's message by calling 866-978-7666 and hear a garbled, sub-literate outgoing message inviting you to leave your name and case number for an "officer" of the DEA to call you back, exercise a bit more skepticism. [Call that 866 number right now to hear what I mean. Edit: note that I transposed numbers in the original version of this post.]
Exercising skepticism doesn't mean ignoring it. Feel free to investigate — like by Googling the number — or even call a lawyer friend for advice. Just don't panic. Because the foreign scammers running this con count on you panicking. If you panic, you might give up information about your prescriptions, medical history, and accounts in an effort to convince the "DEA agent Ryan Collier" that you haven't done anything wrong. If you're really panicked, you might even bite when the scammer says that you might be able to settle the criminal charges by wiring money.
Exercise skepticism instead, and do a little digging. Googling the number the person is calling from might lead you to a post like this one, or to a telemarketing forum suggesting that the number is not, in fact, a DEA number. Note that scammers know about those forums as well, and sometimes use sock puppets to visit them to back up the scam:
Thanks to all the staff of the investigation unit Dept.Of the dea specially Sgt.Collier who was very friendly and professional about the hall investigation,They gave me a second chance and put on community service…………………..
Thank u Bryant
Att .Kristal smith
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