DEA is aware that
registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals
identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement
personnel. In an attempt to create the illusion that these criminals are
DEA employees, they have masked their telephone number on caller id
with a phone number for a legitimate DEA office. For example, these
criminals have used the phone numbers for DEA's Office of Congressional
and Public Affairs and DEA's 800 number which is used to provide direct
support to DEA registrants.
Impersonating a federal agent is a
violation of federal law. Registrants should be aware that no DEA agent
will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or
any other form of payment or threaten to suspend a registrant's DEA
If you are contacted by a person purporting to work
for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA
registration, submit the information through "Extortion Scam Online Reporting" posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division's website, DEA Diversion Control Division.