The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has warned Nigerians to be wary of the escalating activities of fraudulent entities preying on unsuspecting individuals through social media platforms, falsely claiming association with the NCS for purposes of auctions or recruitment.
A Statement issued by Abdullahi Maiwada Customs PRO ,said Customs’ attention has been brought to a a surge in scams orchestrated by deceitful individuals impersonating high-ranking officials within the NCS, adding that the fraudulent tactics exploit the public’s trust, promoting fictitious auctions and sham recruitment drives purportedly endorsed by the Service.
The Customs said , all seized/overtime goods have laid down Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for disposal in line with the Customs Service Act, 2023, adding that , while the items might be in its custody, NCS officials are only authorized to conduct auctions or recruitment with the requisite legal backing in line with its processes and procedures.
The NCS reiterated that auctions of seized goods are never conducted via any social media platform, saying that any such claims on social media should be treated as fraudulent and promptly reported.
It stated that for accurate and updated details about the Nigeria Customs Service and its operations, it strongly encouraged the public to verify information exclusively through the official NCS website, www.customs.gov.ng.
The Customs disclosed that the public should also reach out to its help desk line at +2347037891156,adding that its official social media handles, listed below, also serve as reliable sources of information.
These channels, it said are committed to providing accurate and authenticated updates on our service and activities.
It also advised Individuals to visit any Customs formation nationwide and meet with the Public Relations Officers (PROs) to verify any financial commitments related to seized goods or recruitment before proceeding.
The Customs stated that its commitment remains unwavering in protecting the public from fraudulent activities, while it implored everyone to exercise vigilance and prudence when approached with offers or announcements regarding Customs auctions or recruitment.
It said any suspicious activities should be reported to the nearest Customs office or through our official communication channels for immediate assistance.