Mendaki warns of scammers soliciting funds for Malay self-help group

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 mendaki@mendaki.org.sg.

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.

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