Be discrete in giving your business info

I am into surplus auto parts business in Davao. And I am having an exciting time meeting problems, overcoming them, and learning from them. Maybe you could learn, too, from an experience I had.

A few years ago, I was introduced to a Japanese national visiting Davao by a local policeman I was acquainted with. Claiming connection with surplus car suppliers in his country, the Japanese asked me for my requirements in terms of stock. I complied quickly and gladly with a list of car parts with corresponding models. Well, to make a long story short, I have never heard from the man ever since. I realized too late I was merely used by the Japanese to extract information on the car parts market.

What a lesson! One of the hazards of the trade perhaps. But that incident made me more discrete and wary about divulging information without investigating the integrity of the person asking for it.

Contributed by Jose Escamis, Davao City

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