Medical Board Issues Warnings Regarding Ongoing DEA Extortion Scam

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Medical Board of California (“Board”) has issued its own warnings and instructions regarding an ongoing scam involving fake callers who seek to extort physicians by posing as DEA agents. In May, Nelson Hardiman reported on earlier iterations of this scam.
According to the Board’s latest warning, scam artists are calling California physicians and posing as “DEA agents”—as well as “Board staff”—to discuss “investigations” into illegal drug trafficking by the physician. The scammers then threaten the physician with license suspension and in some instances may provide an “Agreement for Bond and Protocols” that prohibits the licensee from disclosing the investigation to any third party and requests a bond fee payment of $25,000.00.

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