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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 for ver­i­fi­ca­tion,” Ms Vave said.

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