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Scam Warning from Customs

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMNeville Graham

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is warning the public of an email scam purporting to be from Commissioner of Customs Major (Ret'd) Richard Reese, bearing the email address reeserr4@gmail.com,.

A release from Jamaica Customs says the email is informing persons of the sale of motor vehicles that are allegedly on auction by the commissioner.

Reese is dismissing talk of any 'side sale' of motor vehicles, emphasising that all transactions are done through the publicly advertised auctions held from time to time. The next auction is set for October 24, 2016.

"There is no such thing because our auctions have clearly defined procedures that must be followed. They are well regulated, with our auditors overseeing the process. In addition, the tax authorities and other agencies take an interest, and even the Office of the Contractor General may take an interest," Reese said.




The email is said to contain information about 2014 vehicles in 'showroom condition'. There is also payment information, deadlines for payment and processing of paperwork, and a bank account number.

The commissioner is reminding the public that all public auctions are advertised in the newspapers 30 days prior to the date of the auction sale, and all payments - cash or manager's cheque - must be paid directly at the Jamaica Customs Agency cashier on the day of the auction.