A 49-year-old woman believes she was scammed out of nearly $8,000 after receiving a phony call from someone who claimed to be a drug enforcement agent, police said.
The scam was reported Sept. 23 when the complainant told police that she had received a message on her phone from a man who claimed to be named Manuel Hilario Medina and an officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the report. In his message, he said he was working on a 10-year-long investigation and that there was a situation that she needed to rectify or a warrant for her arrest would be sought, police said.
The woman called Medina back and was told that the investigation involved drugs that were purchased through the Miami and New York DEA offices, police said. He claimed that the complainant had purchased vicodin from the Dominican Republic, according to the report.
The man told her that she could avoid being charged if she paid a "fine" of $3,600, which needed to be sent right away, police said, who added that she was asked to stay on the phone while she drove to a People's United Bank to withdraw the money.
The woman then made two MoneyGram transfers in the amount of $1,800 each, police said. She was told to return home but had to stay on the phone until the money was successfully wired, police said.
Then, a female "DEA agent" -- who said her name was Gladys Rays Acevedo -- spoke to the complainant, who was told the money did not transfer in time and in order to avoid being charged, she would need to transfer another $4,300, police said.
According to the report, Acevedo said she would try to get the complainant an extension, but then told her it had been denied. The complainant went to a People's United Bank branch in Norwalk to withdraw the additional $4,300, police said, and then transferred the money via Western Union.
The male "DEA agent" told the complainant that she could not tell anyone about the money as the investigation was ongoing, police said.
The complainant told police that she may have purchased vicodin online at one point and said she complied with the people in fear of being arrested.