Customs warns of fraud

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Saarbrücken / Kaiserslautern / Landau (ots) - In the past few weeks, fraudsters have posed as employees of German customs. To do this, the criminals used all common channels of communication to address potential victims.

In all cases, the fraudsters wanted money transferred to them. The following reasons were put forward:

- Payments to an escrow account to ward off legal proceedings
in connection with an enforcement order,
- Payment of "transfer fees" when winning the lottery,
- Payment of import duties via anonymous prepaid service providers

“We haven't seen any such cases in southwest Germany
became known ”, explains Hans Barth, head of the main customs office
Saarbrücken. “But we want the citizens early on
draw attention to these scams in order to cause any damage
prevent. “Be careful and contact your main customs office or the police if you receive dubious calls, letters or e-mails.

The main customs office in Saarbrücken is responsible for the Saarland and southern Rhineland-Palatinate and can be reached as follows:

Main customs office in Saarbrücken
Phone: 0681 8308-0000
Email: The previously known scams look as follows:

Calls: Fraudsters call and run a band announcement suggesting to the caller that an enforcement order has been issued by the customs and that the called party should make payments to an escrow account to prevent legal proceedings. The telephone number block of the main customs office in Stuttgart (0711 922-XXXX) is often used for this. Customs do not use announcements, not even for enforcement orders.

Letter post: In the past few weeks, several people, especially in Hamburg, reported that they had been informed by post from an alleged law firm that they had won the lottery abroad. However, the money could not be paid out yet, as “transfer taxes” would still have to be paid at customs. The callers reported that they had been presented with a letter from customs along with the letter from the lawyer, with allegedly correct letterhead information. Since no customs duties are generally levied on cash imports, such requests should be checked for correctness together with customs.

Emails: Customs were informed that fraudulent emails with alleged customs senders were in circulation. Customs and tax payments are requested by email using anonymous prepaid payment service providers. German customs never request payment of import duties through prepaid payment service providers.

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Originally written by: Main customs office in Saarbrücken

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