BOC warns public against ‘unclaimed package’ scam

Marje Pelayo   •   July 8, 2020   •   1183

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) warns the public against the so-called ‘unclaimed package’ scam.

The Bureau has been receiving reports of scam incidents involving unscrupulous individuals luring victims with a supposed unclaimed package at Customs using various means of communication such as online, e-mail, SMS and even phone calls.

Scammers allegedly use dummies or fake accounts. At times they would even use the Bureau’s name or pose as employees to deceive victims into paying duties and taxes through money remittance or personal bank accounts for the release of a certain package. 

They even send bogus receipts, tracking numbers of packages and other documents to the victims to make the transaction seem legitimate. 

Some scammers also use sophisticated methods such as the use of fake courier tracking websites that victims would be asked to visit to see the status of the supposed parcel. 

The BOC reiterates that it solely assesses duties and taxes on parcels and these can be paid on a cash basis through the courier or freight forwarder upon delivery at the client’s doorstep or upon pick up of the parcel at the nearest local branch.

Furthermore, said duties and taxes can only be collected through BOC-accredited agent banks and not through personal bank accounts or other money transfer services.

Meanwhile, alleged tracking websites can be verified with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its website to see if the said courier is a DTI-accredited deconsolidator.

The public is advised to be careful in dealing with suspicious notifications and individuals asking for money.

How to spot a scammer?

  • Scammer fails to provide the address of their office
  • Scammer insists on paying through online banks and money remittance

What to do?

  • Immediately inform the Customs helpdesk or the BOC-CARES through email at boc.cares@customs.gov.ph or send a message tot he BOC’s Facebook page – Bureau of Customs PH

Report online scams to the cybercrime offices of the Philippine National Police or National Bureau of Investigation.

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P4M worth of cigarettes misdeclared as ‘paper hand towel’ seized in Quezon City

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs Port of NAIA confiscated a total of 2,520 reams of cigarettes with an estimated market value of P4 million misdeclared as “paper hand towel” bound for Australia.

In a report by BOC, the agency said the smuggled shipment was commissioned for export by a local company based in Novaliches, Quezon City, to South Geelong Victoria, Australia.

Upon physical examination by the assigned trade control examiner, it was instead found to actually contain 2,520 reams of cigarettes.

District Collector Carmelita Talusan already issued a warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) against the seized cigarettes for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration) and Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) in relation to Section 117 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The case records shall also be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for possible case building and profiling against the personalities behind the foiled illegal exportation of tobacco products.

BOC seizes P3 million worth of illegally declared onions

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through the Manila International Container Port’s (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), reported the seizure of misdeclared shipment of red onions discovered on May 26.

Information gathered through intelligence efforts said the shipment originated from China and was consigned to a certain Potanion Trading.

It was subjected to 100% physical examination witnessed by members of CIIS Enforcement and Security Service’s Customs Anti-illegal Drugs Taskforce (ESS-CAIDTF), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc. (CCBI).

The shipment was originally declared as yellow onions but was later discovered to contain 60% red onions which was estimated to have a value of P3 million.

A warrant of seizure and detention was issued against the shipment for the violation of Section 1113 and Section 1401 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

BOC seizes P66M worth of fake cigarettes at Port of Subic

UNTV News   •   May 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Subic reported the confiscation of two shipments of smuggled cigarettes worth P66.2 million.

Authorities intercepted the illegal shipment on May 28 which arrived at the Port of Subic on May 19.

The forty-footer container was said to contain footwear and was consigned to RNRS Trading.

It was followed by the arrival of another 1×40’ shipment of cartons film consigned to Heybronze Non-Specialized Wholesale Trading.

Both shipments underwent physical examination which yielded the discovery of various fake cigarettes bearing the brands Marvels Menthol, Marvels Filter, Two Moon Filter, Two Moon Menthol, Fort Menthol 100’s, Mighty Menthol, Champion and Jackpot.

Warrants of Seizure and Detention were issued on May 28, 2021 against the shipments for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

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