Customs Insights

Customs Scams

At TNETS Global we have had several cases where women (it has always been women so far) have approached us to check whether an amount they’ve been asked to pay for customs clearance of goods supposedly sent to them as a gift is legit. The amounts can range from $50.00 to $50,000.00, but the story is always the same.

In every single case we have had to advise them that they as the intended victims of a scam, not to transfer the funds and contact the police, but in many cases they simply don’t believe they can have been duped in such a way by someone they ‘know and trust’, and are often therefore reluctant to accept our advice.

Assume that anyone asking you to transfer money for ‘customs’ for goods you have not ordered, and / or for which they cannot produce documents (invoice and consignment note) is attempting to scam you.

If you’re not sure then please check with us. Our advice is free.


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