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.