Fraudsters using CEO's name, voice sound-alike in car scam, says JCA

November 29, 2023
Jamaica Customs Agency CEO Velma Ricketts Walker (left) makes a statement during the online forum while senior director of the Kingston operations, Selina Clarke Graham listens.

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is urging the public to be on the lookout for persons claiming to be Customs officials aiming to sell or auction motor vehicles.

The warning comes in light of reports that fraudsters are using not only the name of the agency's CEO, Velma Ricketts Walker, but also a voice sounding like her. 

The agency also confirmed that the name and a photo of the Deputy CEO, Marlon Lowe, is also being used as part of the scam. 

"Under no circumstances should members of the public engage these individuals or make any payments to them." the agency said in a statement. 

"Vehicles included in the Customs Motor Vehicle Auction can only be purchased on the dates, the auctions are held, and in the prescribed manner, as outlined in the Customs Act. Information on public auctions can be viewed at"

The agency further advises that at no time, will Customs officials call or email any individual to engage them in the auctioning or sale of motor vehicles, or other merchandise owned by the government.

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