Jamaica Customs Warns Public of Motor Vehicle Auction Email Scam

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) wishes to advise the public of an email scam purporting to be from Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese, CEO/Commissioner of Customs bearing the email address reeserr4@gmail.com, informing persons of the sale of motor vehicles that are allegedly on auction by the Commissioner.

The email contains information about 2014 vehicles in showroom conditions to include payment information, deadlines for payment and processing of paperwork, and a bank account number.

The Commissioner is reminding the public that all Public Auctions are advertised in the newspapers 30 days prior to the date of the auction sale and all payments – cash or Managers’ Cheque must be paid directly at the Jamaica Customs Agency Cashier on the day of the auction. All cheques must also be written in the name ‘Collector of Customs’.

He further indicated that at no time should persons make payments to any person or entity, outside of these accepted payment channels.  

Additionally, the Agency or the Commissioner will at NO TIME use an email to communicate to anyone or the public regarding auction sales.

The Commissioner further advises that the JCA will not sell any item or good, outside of the guidelines that are laid out in the Customs Act and its Regulations.

He further informed that any item placed on auction, such as a motor vehicle, which is not sold at that auction is put up for resale by the JCA, at a subsequent auction.

All persons wishing to participate in an auction must register through the JCA. Registration takes place at the Queen’s Warehouse - 230 Spanish Town Road; Queen’s Warehouse - Norman Manley International Airport; and Queen’s Warehouse - Sangster International Airport (SIA); Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m.  Registration of bidders closes at 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to an auction.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs
  • TRN Card
  • Valid ID (Driver’s Licence, Passport or Electoral ID)
  • Bidder’s registration fee of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), after which the bidder will be issued with a Bidder’s Registration Card which expires on December 31st of each year.

All motor vehicles are sold through a competitive bidding process and no individual Bidder is accorded special treatment.

 

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