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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Fake monks scamming foreign tourists Reply with quote
Some of you guys may have seen Chinese monks asking donation on streets in Tokyo.
Those monks are fake, don't ever give them money.
They mainly target foreign tourists who don't know much about Buddhism culture.

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http://photozou.jp/photo/show/1744393/131077012
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http://unajaponesaenjapon.com/?p=23087
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
People who give money to anyone on the street are stupid and get what they deserve.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Another scammers spotted in Asakusa.
These guys claim 3-11 Tsunami relief but the money goes to a communist group.
They mainly target foreign tourists.
They are everywhere, watch out.

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http://dailycult.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-post_25.html
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I was approached by one I'm sure in Shinjuku who gave me a peace amulet and pressed me to give 10 000 yen donation. He was very persistent, like Amway sellers are. I gave 1 000 yen and plead poverty. He was very disgusted you could tell. His attitude marked him for not being a legitimate monk. John
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Why would you give them anything?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I had given the 1000 yen note before he started pressing me for more and showing the notebook he had with signatures and donations of 10 000 yen to show me how cheap I was. He had good English skills and was wearing the light blue gear you sometimes see on monks. I make donations at shrines and temples and this was the first time I had been asked directly for a donation. It was sort of embarrasing, since I felt obliged as a foreign traveller to assist. Prayer boxes and monks at temples will now be the only place I'll donate. Even monks on the corner with begging bowls are now suspect whereas before I thought it a good deed. John
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