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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.

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