Buddhist monk scam: Victorians warned

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Buddhist monk scam: Victorians warned

Post by Kim OHara » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:59 am

Victorians have been warned about a "shameless scam" involving people posing as Buddhist monks and approaching people asking for money in the name of charity.

The state's Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said there had been dozens of complaints about the impostors over the past 18 months.

"People are posing, pretending to be Buddhist monks, complete with shaved heads and orange and yellow dress...and approaching people with begging bowls and asking for money," she said.

"They often give trinkets, perhaps some prayer beads or a spiritual guidance book, but these people are scammers and charlatans.

"They are not Buddhist monks, they are ripping off hard working Victorians and generous tourists for their own financial gain."
More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-09/v ... es/6008622

Sad that it's happening, pleasing that government is careful to separate the perpetrators from the robes.


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Re: Buddhist monk scam: Victorians warned

Post by rowboat » Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:36 am

A man posing as a Buddhist monk is aggressively panhandling in downtown Victoria, prompting police to investigate whether he is the same person who sparked complaints in Vancouver and Toronto.

Beat and bike officers responded to a complaint about a man in “Buddhist-style clothing” who was handing out gold cards, then demanding money, Victoria police spokesman Bowen Osoko said.

Some people were so taken aback, they gave the man $20, he said. When approached by officers, the man, who is of Chinese descent and appears to be in his 40s, claims to not speak English. Officers also dealt with him a few weeks ago.

“There’s lots of indications this person is not a monk,” Osoko said. Police are looking at similar incidents in Vancouver and Toronto, and there’s a possibility the man has worked his way west, leaving cities as police catch onto him.

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Coincidentally the same scam has recently surfaced here in Victoria, BC. Canada.
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Re: Buddhist monk scam: Victorians warned

Post by Hickersonia » Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:48 pm

In such cases, I always remember Dhammapada vs. 306-306:

"The liar goes to the state of woe; also he who, having done (wrong), says, "I did not do it." Men of base actions both, on departing they share the same destiny in the other world.

There are many evil characters and uncontrolled men wearing the saffron robe. These wicked men will be born in states of woe because of their evil deeds."

Try to not get too worked up about it, friend. If a monk comes up to you asking for money, perhaps it would be better to ask about Nissaggiya Pacittiya 18 (the vinaya rule forbidding monks to carry / use money). Or offer something that is allowable.

Please be well. :anjali:
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