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Fake Buddhist monks duping people of cash in downtown Vancouver
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:44:59 pm »
Vancouver, Canada -- Con artists disguised as Buddhist monks are scamming people out of their money at some of downtown Vancouver’s high-traffic pedestrian areas.

There has been a rise in sightings and reported incidents of the bogus monks in action, according to The Province. The bold scammers, dressed in traditional robes, reportedly forced people to take a small bead bracelet as a gift before opening a notebook that contained a list of people who had “donated” funds.

The monks were seemingly unable to speak in English and would depend on making gestures with their arms to communicate with their victims. The only word they apparently knew was “money.”

There have been sightings of the monks at Waterfront Station, Burrard Station, Granville Station, and Granville Island.

However, the fake monk scam is not isolated to Vancouver. Over the past two years, similar fake monk scams have been reported in Toronto, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland. In Toronto, some of the bogus monks even started cursing at their victims and victims’ family members when they were denied of money.

Vancouver Police and TransLink’s Transit Police have not initiated an investigation at this time, but they have advised the public to exercise extra caution when giving money to people in the street.

Outside of Asia, Buddhist societies do not permit their monks and members to beg for money in public. 

Source: Buddhist Channel
http://buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=66,12109,0,0,1,0#.VHlBCk0tCUk

 

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Re: Fake Buddhist monks duping people of cash in downtown Vancouver
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 07:01:07 pm »
I knew a real monk from the Buryat Republic, Russia, who came to the US and to England in the 90's, and wore his monk's robes to con people into donating to an environmental project he claimed to be spearheading. Only it wasn't his project; he had gotten a copy of the proposal belonging to an American environmental group doing work in Buryatia, and he was palming it off as his own.  Be wary of exotic monks soliciting donations!

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Re: Fake Buddhist monks duping people of cash in downtown Vancouver
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2014, 01:43:29 am »
Your description reminds me of a character we had here on the forum several years ago, called himself "Bhikkhu Ananda" --- he claimed to be travelling all over the world providing disaster relief, soliciting donations and so forth, but his mistake was that he named two specific locations, one of which I knew intimately because members of my own community in Bangldesh were involved. Needless to say, all it took was an email and his fraud was quickly exposed.

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Re: Fake Buddhist monks duping people of cash in downtown Vancouver
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2014, 11:19:42 pm »
Posing as a Buddhist Mont to solicit donations is disgusting.

as they say "Karmas a bitch"
The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching of the Awakened.

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Re: Fake Buddhist monks duping people of cash in downtown Vancouver
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2014, 04:12:54 am »
Quote
"You know the tree by its fruit."   

Note: A reversal of the proverb "The apple does not fall far from the tree." The meaning is that you can estimate how children's parents are based on children's behavior, because children takes after their parents and are of the same nature as them. (Paczolay, 1997 p. X)
Manser, M. (2006). The Wordsworth dictionary of proverbs, Wordsworth Editions, Limited. p. 590)


I have seen this quote several times in The Old Testament / Torah and The New Testament.  Buddha said something similar in his analogy presented to his son Rahula as to reflecting upon one's intentions as if looking into a mirror.:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.061.than.html

As for me, what and old friend used to advise me was that what others do or don't do is none of my business.  Instead , note what I find wrong and just make certain that I am not doing the same.

Another friend advised:  "Great compassion for those who do ill, because the hell realms are full of such as these."


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Re: Fake Buddhist monks duping people of cash in downtown Vancouver
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