BEWARE of Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is aware that some registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails from 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,

For more information locate the DEA Field Office for your area at this website or by calling the Registration Service Center at 1-800-882-9539 or via email at


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