Buying prescription drugs over the Internet from Canada is done by many Americans as a way to save money, however, technically the practice may be illegal.  However these laws are rarely enforced against individual consumers.  In addition, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Coverage of Personal Importation guidelines permits purchases of 90 day supplies of some prescription drugs for personal use.  Scammers, however, are taking advantage of the general perception that many Americans have that such prescription drug purchases over the Internet are illegal  by phoning people and representing that they are agents of the  Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)  and that there is a warrant out for the arrest of the person receiving the call.  The targeted scam victim is then told that they can resolve the matter by wiring money to the caller or providing credit card information.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not take any action against anyone purchasing such prescription drugs over the Internet in amounts of no more than three months worth of a prescription and the DEA does not get involved with this in any manner.  If you receive such a call, ignore it.  Even if you caller indicates that the call is coming from the DEA, scammers are able to trick your Caller ID through a technique called spoofing to mask the true source of the call.  Whenever you get a call demanding a payment by wire or credit card over the phone you should always be skeptical.  You can never be sure who is really calling and no legitimate government agency such as the IRS will ever make such a demand.  If you do receive such a call from someone purporting to be from the DEA, you can report the extortion scam here.

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