MIRI: Online and offline scammers are capitalising on the Covid-19 outbreak to solicit cash and kind from the public here.
Public and online notices were being used by a group seeking “donations” with the unwitting being asked to drop foodstuff and other household products, such as soap and toothpaste, at collection points.
The group claims to be collecting the items for the families of Covid-19 patients in Miri.
Meanwhile another group, purportedly representing Miri Hospital, are going around collecting money for staff and Covid-19 patients at the hospital.
Miri Hospital’s management, alarmed by the matter, issued a press statement denying there was any Covid-19 fundraising drive.
“It has come to our attention that certain individuals and groups are going around claiming that they are collecting donations from the public for Miri Hospital to be used for staff and patients affected by Covid-19.
“They claim that they represent Miri Hospital in this public donation campaign.
“Their attempts have gone viral on social media. They are causing confusion among the public.
“Miri Hospital management wants to make it clear that we have never assigned any individuals, groups or organisations to collect funds for our staff or for Covid-19 patients.
“Anyone carrying out any public donation campaign must get a permit from the relevant authorities.
“We at Miri Hospital have not started any such public donation drive, ” said the press statement.
The hospital management did not disclose the identities of these unscrupulous individuals and groups that are capitalising on the current Covid-19 crisis.
Sarawak is one of the states hard-hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Miri is treating 11 positive cases.
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