S’PORE POLICE WARNS OF SCAMMERS POSING AS POLICE TO SEEK DONATIONS IN PUBLIC

The Police are looking into reports of people forcibly seeking donations in public. In some cases, these subjects had also claimed to be Police officers. The Singapore Police Force would like to clarify that we do not seek donations.

Any person seeking donations must hold a valid licence issued by the Police or the National Council of Social Services.

Members of the public can perform the following checks: –

(a) Request for the Collector’s Certificate of Authority (CCA) from the person who is soliciting for donations.

(b) Check the list of fund raising events approved by the Police and NCSS via http://www.police.gov.sg/licence/frameset_HH.html; or

(c) Check the Charity Portal’s Fund Raising Permit Search engine at http://www.charities.gov.sg/Pages/Home.aspx; or

Members of the public can call the Police at ‘999’ for immediate assistance if they have reason to suspect that a collection is illegal. A Police report can also be lodged via the Electronic Police Centre at www.police.gov.sg/epc/index.html or at any Neighbourhood Police Centre/Post

It is an offence to impersonate a Police officer. Under Section 170 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, any person who impersonates a Public Servant shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years, or with fine, or with both.

Under Sec 3(2) of the House to House and Street Collections Act, any person who solicits donations without a valid licence shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

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