Under Sec 3(2) of the House to House and Street Collections Act, any person who promotes such a collection 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.
“Members of public, if in doubt, may verify the authenticity of a collection by requesting for the Collector’s Certificate of Authority (CCA) (which is issued by the promoter of the collection) from the person who is soliciting or appealing for donations in kinds or cash. They may also verify if the collection is legitimate by checking the list of fund raising events approved by Police and NCSS
“Members of public can call the Police at ‘999’ for assistance if they encounter any suspicious donation collectors.”
Verify Fund Raising Event
You can check if a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) has a valid permit to raise funds from the public via the following methods:
A) SMS Verification Service by Charities Unit, MCCY
SMS “FR<space><NCSS Approval No.>” to 74688
(e.g. FR 2011130000
B) QR Code
Scan the code on the Certificate of Authority (CCA) with your smartphone.
The ‘NCSS Approval No.’ can be found on the Collector’s Certificate of Authority (CCA) that all collectors are obliged to carry with them. Please click here for a sample CCA and where to find the NCSS Approval No.
View the list of NCSS members conducting flag days in 2013.