Customs Alerts on Fraudsters Impersonating It over Auction , Recruitment

Customs CG, Bashir Wale Adeniyi, MFR

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,

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.