Fraudsters posing as Customs men to 'claim' GST penalties

JOHOR BARU: Fraudsters are going around pretending to be representatives of the Customs Department Goods and Services Tax (GST) division in a bid to "claim" penalties from victims.

Customs director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy said a suspect had been arrested in Johor Baru last week for allegedly scamming a victim.

"Those who encounter such people are advised to ask for identification before making any payment," he said.

Subromaniam emphasised that GST penalties could not be collected on the street, as per its standard operating procedure.

"The payment can only be made at our offices or through our electronic system, and a receipt will be issued after the payment is made," he said to reporters in a press conference on Sunday (Jan 14) after visiting SJKT Bukit Serampang Indah here.

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