The DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office Consumer Protection Division received several reports through its Facebook page that they were allegedly scammed by a certain online seller, HRA GADGETS CELLSHOP AND ACCESSORIES under the name of RODANTE PARADERO AQUINO (as the owner). We would like everyone to know that the photo of this Business Name Certificate circulating in Social Media is tampered/falsified (please see images through this link).

Please be advised to refrain from transacting with this cired seller who allegedly has the modus operandi of selling gadgets online or through Facebook using fictitious government document to lure consumers to buy discounted/low-priced cellphones, gadgets, and accessories.

We would also like to inform everyone that a DTI Business Name Certification involves only registering a Business Name. IT IS NOT A PERMIT OR LICENSE TO DO BUSINESS as this can only be given by the local government unit through a Mayor's Permit where the business is operating. Thus, the BN Certificate is NOT A PROOF TO WARRANT THE LEGITIMACY OF THE BUSINESS.

Please be advised further to be extra careful while engaging on online transactions especially if they are not established and has no verified marketing platforms.

With digital and internet technologies nowadays, scammers and fraudsters have become wiser to defraud unsuspecting individuals.

Thus, we urge everyone to be vigilant by getting every details to check and verify the background of the online seller.

For those who were already scammed by this seller (or by other unverified online sellers), please report to or file a complaint to your respective PNP Cybercrime or CIDG or even to the NBI Agencies in your locality.

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