By Bright Bassey
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has alerted the public on the antics of fraudsters advertising on social media auctions of cars purportedly seized by the agency.
The NSC’s public relations officer, Tin Can Island Port 2 Customs Command, Ijora, Godwin Andishu, warned in an interview granted the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Monday in Lagos.
He said increasing complaints from victims of the scam spurred the warning.
“We wish to tell the general public that those advertisements on social media purportedly by us calling for people to send money to purchase abandoned vehicles in our custody are misleading.
“We do not auction or sell vehicles online; those who are posing as customs officers are fraudsters who are out to defraud Nigerians of their hard-earned money.
“Nigerians should disregard such advertisements as the service only advertises items to be auctioned on its official website, detailing the procedures to follow by members of the public.
“The NSC does not operate any private account and no personnel of the service are authorized to collect money on its behalf into any account.
“The fraudsters are all over the place using the name of the customs to perpetrate their nefarious acts. People should act wisely by ignoring them, “he said.
The PRO said the last auction by the NSC was August 2015. He said the agency’s forensic unit will fish out the culprits.
He also warned job seekers to be wary of fake recruiters claiming to be the agency’s rep.
“We are a responsible organization, we do not ask for money for employment,” he said.