Campus police warn of DEA agent impersonation scam

The UT Police Department (UTPD) has been made aware of individuals impersonating Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents as part of a widespread scheme in which scammers attempt to extort money or steal personal identifiable information.

In their most recent attempts, scammers indicated that DEA licenses have been compromised or are tied to illegal drug activity.

UTPD would like to remind the campus community that law enforcement will not ask individuals to:

  • Provide credit card information over the phone.
  • Provide payment with gift cards.
  • Provide payment through any app.
  • Withdraw cash and go somewhere to pay.

Additionally, DEA personnel will not contact medical practitioners to demand money or other forms of payment or request personal or sensitive information. The DEA will only notify people of a legitimate investigation by official letter.

Anyone receiving such a call should contact UTPD or your local law enforcement agency. You can also report the incident to the FBI at The Federal Trade Commission provides resources and takes reports at

UTPD is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Never hesitate to contact the department by dialing 210-567-2800 or 911 for emergencies. UT Health San Antonio police can also be contacted through the UT Health SAfe mobile safety app, available for free download for Apple and Android users.

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