CBIC mounts campaign against frauds committed in the name of Indian Customs

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 16, 2024 IST

CBIC mounts campaign against frauds committed in the name of Indian Customs

New Delhi, June 16: Various incidents have come to light through news portals/social media platforms of fraudulent persons posing as Indian Customs officers cheating the public of their hard-earned money across the country. These frauds are primarily done using digital means like phone calls or SMS, and are focused on extracting money through the ‘purported’ fear of immediate penal action.

In order to counter these frauds through public awareness, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is mounting a multi-modal awareness campaign that includes: Newspaper advertisements,SMS/Emails to the general public   and Social Media Campaigns Public awareness campaigns by CBIC field formations across the country in coordination with local administration and trade bodies to spread awareness on this issue.  

CBIC advises the public to take the following measures to safeguard themselves from becoming a victim of such scams by:

DISCERN: Indian Customs officers never contact the general public via phone, SMS, or e-mail for payment of duty in private accounts. Disconnect calls and never respond to messages, if you suspect fraud or encounter any irregularities.

PROTECT: Never share or disclose personal information (Passwords, CVV, Aadhar number, etc.), or send money to unknown individuals or organizations without verifying their identity and legitimacy.

VERIFY: All communications from Indian Customs consist of a Document Identification Number (DIN), which can be verified on the CBIC website:

https://esanchar.cbic.gov.in/DIN/DINSearch  

REPORT: Immediately report such cases to www.cybercrime.gov.in or helpline number 1930.

 

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