My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
This is unfortunately a scam. Say nothing - do not contact them again. Above all, do not send them any money. No legitimate bank would use a courier to send a debit card overseas. Courier services are extremely expensive, and it is cheaper and easier to send through the mail or a parcel delivery service. Those
There is also no logical reason that a debit card would be held in U.S. Customs, because there is no law against having a foreign bank account. If you were bringing cash into the country, you'd have to declare it, but a debit card should go through with no problem - think about how, when you go in and out of the country, you carry bank and credit cards with you and no one looks at them or even asks about them. If you did owe something, Customs would just send you a bill to your house. They wouldn't hold your item hostage - they don't have the space to do that. Contraband is destroyed, and otherwise, people are sent an official customs form explaining that a duty is owed.
Do not send them another penny. If you have already sent money, you should report it to the FBI via the Internet Crime Complaint Center.http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx
Also, beware of follow-up scams. Sometimes in this situation, the scam artists will have a friend contact you and offer to get your money back - for a small, upfront fee, sent via Western Union. It's just a more despicable part of the original scam. Don't fall for it.
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