Dozens of fake Buddhist monks are prowling the streets of Toronto beseeching pedestrians for money. They are easy to spot, men with shaved heads and coloured robes, only trouble is they aren’t really monks.
Toronto police have received nearly a dozen complaints about men dressed as monks who have been asking passerby for money and demanding more when donations are offered.
Most of the incidents reported to police have occurred in Toronto’s Chinatown neighbourhood, though Chan said in at least one case, these individuals were spotted at the Eaton Centre.
Real monks who walk around Chinatown do accept donations, but will never beg for money.
He said that anyone who has been a victim of this apparent scam should contact police.