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Scammers calling your cell phones with personal information

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 5/14/2013 6:41 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Action News found scam artists trying to get your money just by calling you. 

It starts with a phone call, usually to your cellphone.  The caller pretends to be with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and says your name has come up in an investigation.

Tom Stephens with the Better Business Bureau says scam artists may be getting your information online. 

"The people who are the mark for this scam have at one time made a purchase from an online pharmaceutical company," Stephens says.

The caller threatens to obtain an arrest warrant if the victim does not pay a fee to settle the investigation.  The call, from an alleged DEA agent, combined with personal information, convinces some to fall for the scam and send money.

The DEA will never have an agent contact people over the phone to demand money.

The DEA is even warning people of the attempted extortion on its website.
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