Customs and Excise Division alerts public to scam using a fraudulent clearance certificate, which should be reported

Members of the public are being cautioned against a reported fraud now taking place and using a “Customs Clearance Certificate.”

Reports are that some unscrupulous persons are taking a document purporting to be a “Customs Clearance Certificate” to members of the public and asking for the remittance of funds to clear packages.

The Antigua and Barbuda Customs and Excise Division says it has been alerted to the alleged scam, and it is warning the public not to be tricked into handing over monies to anyone.

Taking these reports seriously, the Division says it “is fully cooperating with the authorities to ensure that the fraudulent and unscrupulous actions … are brought to a stop as soon as possible.”

According to the Division, any resident who receives a phone call from someone purporting to be a member of the Customs and Excise Division – and is unsure about their identity and the legitimacy of their claim – should contact its headquarters for verification.

If anyone believes they have been targeted, or has fallen victim to this scheme, that person should immediately contact the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at 268-462-3913 to make a report.

Further, the Division is reminding the public that it is an offence to impersonate a Customs officer. This offence carries a fine of $100,000 and or imprisonment for up to two years.