The Fiji Revenue and
Customs Service (FRCS) is advising members of the public to be wary of fake Facebook and WhatsApp requests demanding ‘customs clearance fees’ payment, before their goods are released.
Information gathered by FRCS revealed that a number of Fijians have been tricked through fake Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger requests advising them that thegoods they have imported were being held by ‘Customs’ and that they need to pay ‘customs clearance fees’ into numerous local bank accounts that are being provided by the scammers through social media.
This money is then withdrawn from bank accounts by swindlers and remitted through post office to their partners. The total cash involved in all transaction to date is $ 31,620.
FRCS acting chief executive officer Fane W. Vave said payment for customs clearance are only done at Customs counters and through FRCS bank account.
“We will never ask people through Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger to make payments. If people receive such requests, they can always call our Hotline number1326 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for verification,” Ms Vave said.