Check this out. It’s a scam that works by fear, and we can see how many people might fall for it.
The following is an email we received from a reader regarding a suspicious phone call from Washington D.C.
I wanted to give you and your readers a heads up on an incident that about gave me a heart attack today, and of course turned out to be a scam.
I got to work today (where I am a temp, and where I’m trying to get a permanent position), and had a voicemail on my phone from Special DEA Agent John Gilmore, and they had intercepted a package that was to my name and address (they quoted my name and address in the voicemail). They said the package contained illegal substances, and that I needed to call them back right away. I called the number they left, 202-280-7128, and got a voicemail thanking me for calling the DEA and that all agents were busy or in the field but to please leave my name and number and someone would get back to me.
First off, I couldn’t figure out what I would have gotten that was illegal. The most trouble I have ever been in is a moving violation. Secondly, I couldn’t understand how they had my work phone number (I’m only a contractor), and knew my name.
I do send a lot of packages overseas to my husband who’s in Afghanistan, but obviously nothing illegal. I hadn’t got a call back today, but was total freaked out that someone had stolen my identity or worse.
I was speaking with one of my friends about it, and she suggested I google the phone number. It’s a total scam, and apparently if you pay a ransom, they will release said package to you (go ahead and google the phone number and you’ll see the info).
I couldn’t figure out how they knew my name and number especially at work, and then realized I’ve got my name on my voicemail message, so that’s how they must have known who I was.
I live a pretty Mary Poppins life, so knew I didn’t have anything to worry about, but also didn’t want to have to take off work to clear this up with the DEA if in case it was a true problem.
My hubby said if they call again and I actually talk to them, to tell them that my father in law is a DEA agent, and would like his badge number, supervisors name and number, as well as a case number as he wasn’t able to look anything up. I also reported this scam to the real DEA and told them I had the voicemail still on my phone at work if they wanted to hear it…
Just wanted to warn your readers.
Take care and thanks for all you do!
This is a huge scam, and we appreciate you letting us know about it. Good thing you didn’t fall for it, and hopefully this story will help a few people in case they get this phone call.
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