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JAM | Nov 30, 2023

Scam alert! Customs warns of fake motor vehicle auctions

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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The Jamaica Customs Agency is urging members of the public to be aware of persons claiming to be customs officials with the authority to sell and auction motor vehicles.

The agency, in a statement on Wednesday, November 29, said it has received reports that the names, a voice sounding like Commissioner of Customs Velma Ricketts Walker, and a photograph of the deputy CEO, Marlon Lowe, are being used by imposters in a motor vehicle scam.

“Under no circumstances should members of the public engage these individuals or make any payments to them,” Customs warned.

The agency is also appealing to individuals who may be a victim of such scams to report it to the police.

It is reminding the public that vehicles included in the Customs Motor Vehicle Auction can only be purchased on the dates that the auctions are held and in the prescribed manner as outlined in the Customs Act.

It further advised that at no time will Customs officials call or email any individual to engage them in the auctioning or sale of motor vehicles or merchandise owned by the government.

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