SINGAPORE - Several individuals have been going around HDB estates claiming to raise funds for Malay self-help group Mendaki, the group warned in a media advisory on Friday.
It added that it has received several complaints about the scam.
In a recent incident, a man claiming to be a Mendaki employee went door-to-door to HDB homes in Tampines, soliciting funds for Mendaki, the group said in its statement.
Mendaki said it does not organise charity drives in public areas and has lodged a complaint.
In its statement, the group advised the public to call the police or contact the group on 6245-5555 if they have any such encounters.
The public can also e-mail the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mendaki said charitable organisations that are licensed to solicit cash donations would have a "Collector's Certificate of Authority from the National Council of Social Service". Fundraisers of the organisation will have to carry a copy of this certificate or a copy of the police permit.
"The public can ask to see these documents from the person asking for donations, to check for authenticity and the fundraiser's identity," it said.