An image shared on WhatsApp suggests that there is a toll-free number used to report breaches of customs ethics and governance. If you are being harassed or scammed by a customs officer call this toll-free number 8044,” the image showed.
This poster is not falsified. The toll-free number it indicates is that of Cameroonian customs. Free and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this number has been operational for a few years now. It was presented to the media on 20 June 2012 by the Committee for the Promotion of Customs Ethics and Governance (CPEG).
Accessible to both mobile and fixed telephone users, the 8044 aims, among other things, to denounce acts of corruption or breaches of ethics and customs governance. It is also used to report suspicious handling of goods at night and to register complaints and grievances about customs clearance procedures.