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Internet customs scam

Date: July 28, 2007

The New Zealand Customs Service is warning people who have bought goods over the internet about a new email scam.

The scam emails are sent to Hotmail accounts after people have made their purchase. They ask people to pay 'customs' fees or duties before their goods are released.

Customs spokesman Paul Campbell says Customs does not use email to contact importers about any duties or GST payable on goods.

He says if Customs has detained goods, it will contact buyers by post.
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