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Email scam alert

10.33am 23 May 2018

An email scam demanding payment is currently circulating New Zealanders.

We have become aware of a scam involving an unknown person sending emails in the name of the Minister of Customs which demand payment of significant sums of money.

Recipients of the email are told they have a message from Customs in Thailand concerning a package, and threatening them with arrest if they do not pay.

Customs is looking into the matter, and in the meantime anyone receiving such an email should disregard the payment demand and delete the message.

People should be aware that all official Customs email correspondence will come from and will never include a request for credit card details or other personal financial information.