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Auction scam... Customs warns public not to participate

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 10:45 AM
Customs officials supervise the loading of a vessel at the Kingston port recently.

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is warning the public that a poster claiming that it will be staging auctions is a scam.

The JCA said the poster that is being circulated on social media did not originate with the agency and bears false and erroneous information.  

"In this regard, persons are urged to desist from further circulating this flyer or share its contents," the JCA advised in a release to the media.

In explaining the correct procedure for staging auctions, in accordance with the Customs Act, the JCA said: "all auctions relating to motor vehicles and general merchandise, are officially advertised by the agency by way of print media, as well as posted on the agency's website:"

Additionally, the JCA outlined that "by law, all public auctions are advertised in the newspaper, 30 days prior to the date of the auction sale and all payments, cash or managers’ cheque, must be paid directly at the Jamaica Customs Agency cashier on the day of the auction". 

The JCA is further advising that at no time should persons make payments to any person or entity, outside of these accepted payment channels.

According to the JCA, "any item placed on auction, such as a motor vehicle, which is not sold at that auction is put up for resale by the JCA, at a subsequent auction".

It said all motor vehicles are sold through a competitive bidding process and no individual bidder is given special treatment.

Persons wishing to participate in an auction must register through the JCA, which is done at the Queen’s Warehouse located at 230 Spanish Town Road; the Queen’s Warehouse at the Norman Manley International Airport and Sangster International Airport (SIA) on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

For further information contact the JCA's customer service team at: or, or by telephone at 876-922-5140-8.


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