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Authorities warn of phone scam targeting Central Wisconsin residents


A Mosinee woman is shaken up after receiving a startling voice mail.

The caller said he was a federal drug agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Turns out scam artists looking for money made the call.

"It's a very scary feeling," said Linda Sullivan, target of the scam.

Sullivan says the voice mail was left late Thursday night.

When she returned the call the next morning, she was told the agent who called her was meeting with a judge.

A few minutes later, Sullivan's phone rang.

"They pretty much accused me of drug trafficking, saying that my mail order drugs we're laced with cocaine," added Sullivan.

Sullivan says that she has no idea how the scam artists knew she had purchased prescription drugs online.

She says she told the caller she hadn't ordered any drugs from the online company since 2011.

That's when the threats began.

"He said we know exactly where you are, you can't hide, we know where you are at all times," Sullivan told Newsline 9.

Sullivan says that she talked to her boss, called an attorney, and then police.

Officers tried to contact the scam artists and they were hung up on three different times.

Investigators say the scam artists target people who buy prescription drugs online. Nobody is sure how the they get the information. Now Sullivan worries that these scam artists could steal her identity too.

"I’m at the end of my money making years, if they take everything from me I’ll have nothing," Sullivan said.

Police say no federal agent or law enforcement officer will ever contact you asking for money.

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