Fraudsters Allegedly Used Data Stolen From Dominican Republic Call Center
Narayan Ammachchi reports:
The Dominican Republic has arrested 17 men on suspicion of stealing data from call centers and extorting money from American citizens. Police in the island state are reportedly hunting for four more suspects.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the suspects impersonated its special agents and extorted about US$880,000. The suspects targeted individuals who they believed had illicitly purchased prescription pharmaceuticals through call centers located in the Dominican Republic.
They would call victims in the United States and identify themselves as DEA agents. The victims would then be told that they were under investigation for illegally purchasing prescription drugs, and that the only way to avoid arrest and jail would be to pay a “fine” to the DEA.
In total, the detainees and others who participated in this scheme demanded at least US$3.5 million, and received at least US$880,000, according to US prosecutors.
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