The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is investigating a fraud case.
Police say a resident received a phone call from a man who identified himself as an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Saturday. The man told the resident he was investigating a mail order prescription purchase the resident had made in 2006.
Police say the resident was told to send or wire $1,000 to the man to avoid being arrested on charges for making an illegal prescription purchase over the internet. The resident did not send the money and called police.
The DEA says it's aware of this scam and posted a warning on its website about it. Police say law enforcement officers will never contact anyone and demand money in exchange for not being arrested and/or charged with a crime. They're advising everyone to never give anyone personal or financial information over the phone or e-mail unless you have verified who the person is and what company they work for.
If you have been the victim of this scam please contact the DEA at 1-877-792-2873 or notify your local police department.