Malay/Muslim self-help group Yayasan MENDAKI has issued a warning to the public about a false donation drives carried out under the name of the organisation.
The caution comes after several members of the public alerted MENDAKI about an individuals collecting donations claiming to be employees of MENDAKI.
The organisation received reports of a man who was seen around the HDB estates in Tampines selling Muslim calendars to solicit funds. He introduced himself as an employee of MENDAKI.
MENDAKI has since reported the case to the authorities to disclaim any liabilities and said that they “do not organise any charity drives in public areas”.
The group also advised members of the public to be wary of suspicious donation drives on behalf of the group and to alert the police or contact the organisation should they encounter similar requests for donations.
“MENDAKI also reminds the public that charitable organisations that are licensed to solicit cash donations would have a Collector’s Certificate of Authority from the National Council of Social Service,” it said. The group reminded members of the public that they can ask to see and verify the documents and their identity card as it is mandatory for them to carry the official papers.