ALERT – Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants


Special message from Principal Nan Gallagher, Esq.:

Being on guard for our many Scepter members to intervene in agency ambushes of their practices is something we are proud of and take very seriously.  However, since the Spring of 2018, we have received multiple calls from physicians advising that they have received threatening calls from DEA agents advising that they will be heading to their offices to arrest them and, in some instances, to demand monetary payment.  All of these complaints have turned out to be fraudulent.  The DEA has taken official position on this.

According to the US Department of Justice / Drug Enforcement Administration’s website:

“DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel.  The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.

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,”

We encourage all of our clients to contact us right away if they fall victim to such scams.  For more information, please contact our office at (973) 998-8494.