Saturday 22 September, 2018

Health Ministry warns of baby surgery donation scam

Photo: The Health Ministry's logo was seen on a letter requesting funds for surgery for a young child.

Photo: The Health Ministry's logo was seen on a letter requesting funds for surgery for a young child.

The Ministry of Health is warning the public of an alleged donation scam involving a child needing money for medical expenses.

In a statement issued Saturday, the Ministry said the public could be fooled into donating because the letter bears the national Coat of Arms along with other company logos in an attempt to create authenticity. 

The Ministry said it has received several reports of people soliciting donations, with the alleged approval of the Ministry, for the cost of surgery for a baby with marrow cancer.

However, the Ministry said no entity has been authorised by the Ministry to embark on such a donation drive. 

The Ministry said members of the public may be easily deceived into accepting the document as legitimate as it bears the Coat of Arms, the name of the Ministry of Health, the crest of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as well as the logos of the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) and the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society.

However, it is emphasised that this document is not legitimate.

Anyone who is approached by persons with this fake document is advised to report the information to the police. 

 

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