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Fake monks? Buddhist leaders warn nyc tourists to be wary

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Buddhist leaders are sounding the alarm to tourists: Beware the "fake monks."

Men in orange robes claiming to be Buddhist monks are approaching visitors to some of the city's most popular attractions, handing them shiny medallions and offering greetings of peace. They then hit them up for donations to help them build a temple in Thailand, and are persistent if their demands are refused.

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Had the same thing happen in London several times just recently. They walk up and offer you a 'blessing'...usually a note or a shiny card. If you are silly enough to take it from them they demand payment and dont take no easily. Tourists are easy marks.
 
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