DTI warns con­sumers against on­line scams

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AS the wave of the fu­ture is econ­sumerism, con­sumers are warned to be vig­i­lant against scams and to pro­tect them­selves from the per­ils that come with the ad­vances of the dig­i­tal age.

Grace Baluyan, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion urged con­sumers dur­ing the re­cent launch­ing of the Con­sumer Wel­fare Month (CWM) cel­e­bra­tion at Capi­tol here to avoid be­ing duped by scam­mers us­ing on­line ad­ver­tis­ing.

“While the use of cy­berspace makes it easy to pur­chase goods and ser­vices that would not be avail­able in brick and mor­tar stores, pur­chas­ing on­line open doors for cheat­ing or schem­ing per­sons to take the con­sumers for a ride, and di­vest them of their money,” she said.

Scams are be­ing per­pet­u­ated by per­sons with pseudo ac­counts, col­lect­ing pay­ments with­out ac­tu­ally send­ing prod­ucts to the con­sumer.

“This is why our 2017 CWM cel­e­bra­tion has this theme “Con­sumer Rights in the Dig­i­tal Age” be­cause more and more prod­ucts and ser­vices are now be­ing made avail­able to con­sumers through the in­ter­net,” said Baluyan who is also con­cur­rent DTIKalinga pro­vin­cial di­rec­tor.

DTI as lead agency has reached out to the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy and their pri­vate part­ners in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor to dis­cuss im­por­tant top­ics that af­fect the safety and se­cu­rity of con­sumers us­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies avail­able today.

“We are con­fi­dent that with their ex­per­tise in cy­ber­se­cu­rity, e-com­merce and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, they can in­form and in­flu­ence our con­sumers to prac­tice safe on­line habits”, Baluyan said.

She added that all these in­for­ma­tion would be use­less if con­sumers fail or refuse to heed the sug­ges­tions, tips and ad­vice of gov­ern­ment agen­cies and ad­vo­cates.

To be suc­cess­ful, she said con­sumer wel­fare pro­grams should al­ways be a col­lab­o­ra­tion of the gov­ern­ment, busi­ness and con­sumers. The com­mon Juan dela Cruz should there­fore as­sume more re­spon­si­bil­ity for him­self and busi­nesses should lean to­wards bal­anc­ing their de­sire for big­ger rev­enues and the pro­mo­tion of con­sumer in­ter­ests.

Baluyan called on part­ners in gov­ern­ment, in the busi­ness sec­tor and peo­ple from all walks of life to ob­serve the 2017 Con­sumer Wel­fare Month cel­e­bra­tion with a com­mit­ment to en­sure that con­sumers en­joy the full­ness of their rights, and con­trib­ute to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the Philip­pines. (PIA Kalinga)

Photo by Rj Cayabyab

OUT­STAND­ING CIVIL SER­VANTS - Out­stand­ing City Hall em­ploy­ees at the award­ing cer­e­monies dur­ing the 117th Philip­pine Civil Ser­vice An­niver­sary with Baguio Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mar­quez Go .

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