D.E.A. Phone Scam

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, June 3 2013 at 4:41 PM, Updated: Mon, June 3 2013 at 5:10 PM

You could soon be targeted by a new phone scam with an unusual twist...as the scammer claims to be an agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Chief Deputy Martin Rowley of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office says that the scam has been reported in Klamath, Modoc, and Siskiyou counties...

"A person representing themselves as a DEA agent called and informed the person that they had illegally brought drugs over the internet."

The caller then tells the target that there's a way around being prosecuted.

"You can pay the fine."  States Deputy Rowley.  "Which was related to this person as $3500."

Rowley adds that's when a red flag is raised.

"And here's the clue:  They said, you can go to Albertson's, or any other place like that and get a money order, and ship it to us."

The scammer in this case had a mild British accent, and sent the target a threatening email from a 'gmail' address.

Rowley notes that's not how business is conducted...

"Fines are handed out by the courts, not by an agent."

So far, Rowley isn't aware of anyone falling for the trick...

"This was brand new to us over the weekend."

And cops are now getting the word out.


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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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