Fake fund-raisers still soliciting donations for Yellow Ribbon Project

Fake fund-raisers still soliciting donations for Yellow Ribbon Project
Donations tins for the Yellow Ribbon Flag Day.

SINGAPORE - Two years after their misdeeds were first highlighted, fake fund-raisers are still soliciting donations under the name of the Yellow Ribbon Project.

Ice cream, toys and key chains were recently being sold in public and door to door for between $10 and $20 - but the project said it was not conducting any public fund-raising.

Neither has it authorised anyone to do so.

Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported on Monday that a group of teenage "Yellow Ribbon Project members" have been trying to sell the items to residents and shopkeepers in Bukit Timah and Holland Village.

Usually operating in groups of three, the teenagers would knock on doors of bungalows at night and peddle their goods in the name of the government-initiated project.

But the secretariat for the project, which helps reformed offenders re-integrate into society, issued this warning on its website: "There are no fund-raising initiatives organised by us that include the sale of key chains, handy collaterals or food items on the streets or from door to door."

This is not the first time the project's name has been abused.

In 2011, The Straits Times reported that some people were selling pens, key chains and ice cream under the guise of the Yellow Ribbon Project.

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