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Scam Artists Making Cold Calls In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is warning residents about a crew of con artists impersonating United States Drug Enforcement Agents.

“These people are making cold calls to our citizens, telling them that they are subject to arrest for purchasing prescription medications on-line,” says Anderson.

A Madera woman received such a call from a man this morning, who advised her that in order for his agency to rescind a warrant now issued for her arrest, she would have to wire money through her local Wal-Mart Store, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

She was then told that if she failed to meet her financial obligation, an agent would be sent to her home to arrest her.

The threatening call scared her enough to contact authorities. Sheriff Anderson is now notifying the public, saying, it’s a scam.

Deputies say victims are receiving calls from 202-241-5691.

Sheriff Anderson wants the public to know that these people are NOT DEA Agents and they do NOT represent the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.

If you receive such a call, hang up, warns the Sheriff’s Office, and do not respond to any voice message they may leave urging you to call them.

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