Singapore Heart Foundation filed police report over fake volunteers asking for donations

The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) has warned against donating to people posing as the charity's volunteers at Bugis Junction.
The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) has warned against donating to people posing as the charity's volunteers at Bugis Junction. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) has warned against donating to people posing as the charity's volunteers at Bugis Junction.

These "volunteers" claim to represent the organisation to help raise funds for low-income students and ex-convicts and have the SHF's flag day stickers.

The SHF received a report about them canvassing for donations at Bugis Junction on Sunday (Feb 19).

It has since filed a police report.

In a statement released on Tuesday (Feb 21), the SHF said that its representatives are required to carry an ID badge - which displays the name of each individual fund-raiser - and a copy of the Collectors Certificate of Authority (CCA) issued by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

"We want to reassure the public that SHF does not condone such activities, and all donations to the foundation can only be done via our Direct Debit Donor Programme (DDDP)," it added.

The DDDP enables members of the public who are interested in supporting SHF's work, including providing highly subsidised cardiac rehabilitation programme, to make donations on a one-time, monthly or yearly basis.