Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

June 22, 2012

Officials warn of online drugs extortion scam

By CHRIS AGEE | cagee@mineralwellsindex.com

A recent outbreak of extortion attempts by individuals claiming to be federal agents led to a warning Thursday by Congressman Mac Thornberry.

Thornberry, who represented Mineral Wells until recent redistricting moved Palo Pinto County to Texas Congressional District 11, indicated in a press release that victims in many cases have previously purchased medication via Internet or telephone.

According to his report, criminals have impersonated law enforcement agents when calling victims, telling them such drug purchases are illegal and threatening arrest or other action unless they pay a fine.

Read the full story in the Index's eEdition. Log in, subscribe or sign up for a one-week free trial here.

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read