From the desk of Melinda Muller, M.D., interim Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Health
DEA scam risk reported by Legacy provider
There was an isolated incident reported this month from a Legacy provider where a woman impersonating a DEA agent correctly recited the provider’s medical license number as a part of an attempted scam. The Drug Enforcement Administration will never contact medical practitioners by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment, will never request personal or sensitive information over the phone, and will only notify people of a legitimate investigation or legal action in person or by official letter.
The best deterrence against these bad actors is awareness and caution. Anyone receiving a call from a person claiming to be with DEA should report the incident to the FBI.
Reporting these scam calls will help federal authorities find, arrest, and stop the criminals engaged in this fraud. Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law, punishable by up to three years in prison. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison plus fines and restitution.