The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has issued a stern warning to the public, cautioning against the rising activities of fraudsters impersonating Customs officials on various social media platforms. The NCS has observed an alarming surge in scams orchestrated by deceitful individuals who falsely claim association with the service, particularly in relation to auctions and recruitment activities.
Recent incidents have exposed a pattern where these fraudsters impersonate high-ranking NCS officials, exploiting the trust of unsuspecting individuals. They promote fictitious auctions and sham recruitment drives, purportedly endorsed by the Nigeria Customs Service.
The NCS categorically asserts that auctions of seized goods and recruitment processes adhere to specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in line with the Nigeria Customs Service Act of 2023. Official auctions and recruitments are conducted solely by authorized NCS officials, following the legal processes and procedures stipulated by the service.
The service emphasizes that auctions of seized goods are never conducted through social media platforms. Any claims suggesting otherwise on social media should be treated as fraudulent and reported promptly.
To obtain accurate and updated information about the Nigeria Customs Service and its operations, the public is strongly advised to verify details exclusively through the official NCS website, www.customs.gov.ng. Additionally, the official help desk line at +2347037891156 is available for inquiries. The NCS’s official social media handles serve as reliable sources of information, committed to providing accurate and authenticated updates on the service and its activities.
Individuals are encouraged to visit any Customs formation nationwide and meet with Public Relations Officers (PROs) to verify any financial commitments related to seized goods or recruitment before proceeding.