All too frequently criminals pose at DEA Special Agents on the phone or via the internet in an attempt to illegally scam innocent individuals. DEA Special Agents will never demand money or any other form of payment over the phone or the internet. Those who engage in these criminal acts are violating federal law, and there are severe penalties for impersonating a federal law enforcement officer. If you are contacted on the phone or via the internet by an individual who claims to be a DEA Special Agent and demands money, do not send it to them—instead, call our extortion scam hotline at 1-877-792-2873