Navigation Links
FDA Warns Public of Continued Extortion Scam by FDA Impersonators
Date:12/29/2009

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as FDA special agents and other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scam.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO)

The criminals call the victims -- who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the Internet or via "telepharmacies" -- and identify themselves as FDA special agents or other law enforcement officials. The criminals inform the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet or the telephone is illegal, and that law enforcement action will be pursued unless a fine or fee ranging from $100 to $250,000 is paid. Victims often also have fraudulent transactions placed against their credit cards.

The criminals always request the money be sent by wire transfer to a designated location, usually in the Dominican Republic. If victims refuse to send money, they are often threatened with a search of their property, arrest, deportation, physical harm, or incarceration.

"Impersonating an FDA official is a violation of federal law," said Michael Chappell, the FDA's acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The public should note that no FDA official will ever contact a consumer by phone demanding money or any other form of payment."

FDA special agents and other law enforcement officials are not authorized to impose or collect criminal fines. Only a court can take such action, with fines payable to the U.S. Treasury.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be an FDA or other law enforcement official who is seeking money to settle a law enforcement action for the illegal purchase of drugs over the Internet should refuse the demand and call the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations Metro Washington Field Office at (800) 521-5783 to report the crime.

In addition to posing as FDA officials, criminals have posed as special agents of the DEA, FBI, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Customs Service as well as U.S. and Dominican prosecutors and judges. In response, the FDA, in conjunction with various federal, state, and local agencies, is actively pursing criminal charges.

The FDA also reminds consumers to use caution when purchasing prescription drugs over the telephone or the Internet. In addition to the increased risk of purchasing unsafe and ineffective drugs from Web sites operating outside the law, there is the danger that personal data can be compromised. For more on FDA's concerns about unlawful drug sales on the Internet, see http://www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline/faqs.html.

Media Inquiries: Tom Gasparoli, 301-796-4737, thomas.gasparoli@fda.hhs.gov

Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Patients Medical Warns Against The Manhattan Diet
2. Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety Warns Buttock-Boosting Injections Risky and Deadly
3. Canadian Doctor Warns Against Government-Run, Socialized Medicine and its Threat to Health Care and Freedom in America
4. National Oncologist Group Warns: Current Health Care Reform Legislation Woefully Short In Addressing Cancer Care Crisis
5. National Oncologist Group Warns: Current Health Care Reform Legislation Woefully Short in Addressing Cancer Care Crisis
6. Hissey Kientz, LLP Warns Birth Control Pill Users Of Increased Health Risks To Those Who Have Or Are Taking YAZ or YASMIN
7. Throw a Yellow Flag on Football-related Head Injuries, Warns the Harvard Mental Health Letter
8. Commentary warns of unexpected consequences of proton pump inhibitor use in reflux disease
9. FDA Warns of Unapproved and Illegal H1N1 Drug Products Purchased Over the Internet
10. Concord Coalition Warns That New Entitlement Is Not a Valid Health Care Reform Offset
11. Letter Warns About Tricky Dosing With Liquid Tamiflu for Kids
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... Ore. (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... Medicaid coverage results in significantly higher rates of several common cancer screenings, especially ... resulting in better outcomes and survival rates. , The study,“What Does Medicaid ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of Nestlé KITKAT as the first global confectionery ... the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their product, through activities that ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... PA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... As ... offer two webinars in February 2016. Each webinar features a dynamic expert and ... to benefit their athletes, patients and facilities. Both events are free to attend, ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... Emergency rooms ... harder to find. Unfortunately, this can leave patients with dental emergencies at risk of ... is now offering emergency dental care. , Common dental emergencies include:, ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... San Diego, will bring together more than 200 of the country’s top healthcare ... the future. , “The true benefit of the Forum is the provider-centric perspective, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... A Worldwide Clinical Trials expert will ... Victoria Park Plaza in London , 24-25 ... and future advances for late phase research on Wednesday, 24 ... , associate director of project management at Worldwide, will focus ... regulations and standards in late phase research. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 10, 2016  LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a ... announced the launch of LexisNexis Provider Performance ... helps improve and optimize the quality and efficiency ... using severity-adjusted scores. By measuring provider performance through ... to deliver better outcomes, improve the patient experience ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 10, 2016 Mast Therapeutics, Inc. ... clinical-stage therapies for sickle cell disease and heart failure, ... of 29,090,910 units at a price to the public ... share of the Company,s common stock and one warrant ... at an exercise price of $0.42 per share. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: