DTI warns public against impostors PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 December 2014 14:11

The Department of Trade and Industry has alerted the public, especially this Christmas season against con artists posing as government executives or officials to collect money from unsuspecting individuals or groups.

In a report from DTI-Bicol region, an unidentified person called the office introducing himself as DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo asking about the agency’s flagship program the Shared Service Facilities (SSF).

SSF is a program of DTI where a registered group or cooperative can avail of direct assistance for their businesses thru the provision of needed equipment or facilities. The project entails big amount of budget to ensure that the needs of the small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) for business operation and development are provided.

The caller, according to DTI-Bicol, used the number 0905-445-6824, who also later introduced himself as DTI-5 Assistant Regional Director Rodrigo Aguilar and chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the said regional office.

In view of this, DTI cautions the public, with the emphasis on the suppliers contracted by the office to supply the equipment or facility for the SSF, to be on guard and always communicate with the proper persons in the agencies that they deal with. The public is advised to report and verify with the local DTI office if they receive a call from any unknown number introducing himself/herself as official of the agency, especially concerning money or resources.

This modus is not new as some government offices in the country were victimized by criminals in the past. Sometime in 2006 to 2007, several government agencies in Zamboanga City reported suspicious persons calling them and posing as Secretary or Undersecretary of a particular agency asking for money to help fund other government projects. — MVC/DTI-9