Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 26, 2012

Woman loses $900 to fake 'DEA' call

EBENSBURG, Pa. — The caller identified herself as an employee of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and told a Pennsylvania woman that there was an active warrant for her arrest.

The victim was told she was required to pay a $4,500 fine immediately through Western Union or be jailed. She wired a partial payment of $900 with the promise to send the rest after she obtained money from her credit card.

Although told not to discuss the case with anyone, the victim soon realized she had been duped. After confronting the scam caller, the conversation abruptly ended. Return calls were blocked.

Authorities said the case is being investigated, but they don’t know the name of the woman behind the fraudulent call.

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Details for this story were provided by The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pa.

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