The Department of Trade and Industry is alerting businesses against individuals posing as the new DTI Secretary.
The DTI Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) received calls Wednesday from a certain individual posing as the new DTI Secretary, Adrian Cristobal Jr.
The impostor, the agency said, was demanding for confidential client information and subsequently soliciting financial assistance supposedly for the new official’s welcome party.
DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary lawyer Victorio Mario Dimagiba reports, “After several demand calls, we decided to validate the mobile number—0915-1931209 _which of course, was not the Secretary’s number. A call from a business official to confirm if the Secretary himself is actually calling the DTI clients for financial assistance convinced us that the individual was an impostor.”
“The DTI vehemently denies the said act of solicitation and that there is no such welcome activity. As a government official and as an office, it is prohibited to solicit cash and goods from any individual or entity to conduct our official activities,” Dimagiba asserts.
The DTI condemns such deception and urges the public, particularly the companies with DTI-issued Philippine Standard (PS) licenses and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificates to verify any call or email sent to them asking for financial assistance to conduct a department activity.
Dimagiba affirms, “We have already coordinated with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and requested them to block the mobile number of the poser.”
The DTI warns the public on this kind of fraud and requests the public to immediately report to them any similar incident at DTI Direct 751.3330 or 0917.5433330.