- Oct 30, 2011
Okay folks here is the skinny on what actually happens.
1. You will get an empty package or letter saying your shit has been confiscated. It will probably be a photo copy of the customs regulation violated
2. A short time later, you will receive a letter from customs telling you how to claim your property or it will be automatically forfeited in 30 days.
Now here is the clincher on this letter. They send a whole bunch of papers with different instructions on ways to handle your seized product.
Read carefully, it says right away, that if you fail to act the property will be automatically forfeited.
You can also sign a form to instruct them to consider your stuff forfeited.
DO NOT SEND THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST THROW THE LETTER IN THE TRASH.
They are trying to get you to admit that the items are yours. And they fool you by trying to get you to sign a form telling them you don't want the stuff and to go ahead start immediate foreiture of the items. This is a trick!
Then, a short time after this last letter you will get another one. It will probably be right after the 30 days has elapsed because of your NO RESPONSE to their first letter.
They are again asking you similar questions.
AGAIN, DO NOTHING, SIGN NOTHING, CALL NO ONE! IT IS A TRICK AGAIN.
Their time line given for forfeiture has elapsed, and they are trying one last time to get you to say that the shit is yours so they can prosecute you!
Without your signature on any of the forms they send you they cannot prosecute you (unless of course they have been monitoring you and actually observe you take possession of an order) because they have no proof that the items are yours! However, by signing a form even one to say hey, I don't want the stuff keep it, signifies that it is your stuff.
This whole process will take several months, just throw away all of their mailings empty your house for a while and talk to no one, even on the board.
Talk to no one,
Make house safe,
Do not order from overseas again
They aren't really trying to "trick" you, it's just standard procedure to send the letter. Obviously you don't and throw it away. Since when has customs ever sent a "follow up letter"? Never heard of that one. Don't talk to anyone, even on the boards? Yeah ok, you forgot to mention move to Mexico and live in the forest for the next 5 years since we are obviously a little paranoid here. Don't order from overseas again? Why not? Get a different address if you need to but it's not the end of the world. Customs really doesn't care about you or your silly little 5 vials of test you ordered.