York County woman targeted by Scammer claiming to be DEA Agent

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A York County woman is speaking out after being the target of a phone scam. She hopes to warn others so they don’t fall for it.

Genie Wisnom returned home Wednesday afternoon to a message on her answering machine. “Hi this message is for Genie. This is Lieutenant Lynn Taylor calling from the DEA Drug Enforcement. I have a search warrant for your home and an arrest warrant for yourself please return my call immediately.” The caller went on to include a phone number and asked for her prompt response.

“I called 911 and told them I had a threatening phone call on my answering machine,” said Wisnom. “I went into like a total panic attack. And my husband’s like just calm down you know we’ll get all this figured out and you know and we had the officer here and everything. He ran a check on me to make sure there wasn’t any kind of warrant out for my arrest.”

The phone number is a 516 area code, apparently out of New York. Fox43 placed three phone calls to the number given. The first call went straight to a voicemail message, “Thank you for calling the DEA Drug Enforcement Administration. At this time we’re currently unavailable to attend your call. Please leave us a message with your first, your last name, your telephone number, your docket case number and the name of the officer that gave you a call and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for calling the DEA drug enforcement. Have a great day.”

A woman answered the second time but after identifying myself she hung up. The third call I asked if they are really with the DEA and they woman hung up again.

Stewartstown Police Department investigated the incident with Genie Wisnom. Officer Kory Saylor says it is a scam. “They used her maiden name, the DEA is very organized and wouldn’t make that mistake,” said Saylor. Saylor says they also would not warn you if they planned to search your home or arrest you. “The DEA will be there before you have time to react. The DEA doesn’t leave a message, they are pounding on your door.”

“It was totally unnerving, it really rattled me,” said Wisnom.

The DEA is aware of scammers and have a link set up to warn people. “The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme.”

For more information from the DEA click here

6 comments

  • Chris

    This was my friend and she was very upset and scared. It is sad that people have to do this stuff to others. Thank you to the Stewartstown Police for checking into this and thank you to FOX 43 for getting this story out so that others are aware!

  • JJS

    This leterally happend to me 2 days ago…on 05/15/13 I received the first call and was very upset..Now 2 days later I have settled down but it is very unnerving when it happens to you. I reported to the local police, State Atty Generals Office and the DEA. I received a voice mail message on my cell phone. I did cal back and spefically asked Lt. Lynn Taylor if she was withe Federal DEA and she said yes…I asked for her badge/ID number and she then hung up

  • yvonne

    This does not surprise me at all. This reminds me of the missed calls I received from an anonymous phone number before, which I was never able to answer because they came during working hours, when I was in the office. I thought they were from someone I knew, so I did a reverse phone number look-up to find out who's behind them. But what I pulled up was http://www.callercenter.com/804-767-8688.html instead. Apparently, the caller has been reported as a phone scammer and he was associated to this fake DEA scam call where the the scammers call victims who may have previously purchased drugs over the internet and identify themselves as DEA agents. The scammers then inform their victims that buying drugs over the internet is illegal and that legal action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the scammers instruct their victims to pay the fine via wire transfer. If the victims refuse to send money, the scammers often threaten to arrest them or search their property.

  • Cheryl

    I received the same exact call from Lieutenant Lynn Taylor yesterday on my cell phone while I was at work. I let the call go to voice mail. I listened to the message on my way home from work and I could not believe it! I was threatened the very same way. Lynn had a search warrant for my home and a warrant for my arrest. It really caught me off guard and I first thought has someone stolen my identity and they have me confused with someone else? I hope there is a warrant for the arrest for the DEA Lieutenant Lynn Taylor soon for harassment and scamming the honest working people and for impersonating and officer!

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