Fake monk scam - monks targeting westerners and tourists begging for money are on the rise in Hong Kong. After being approached a couple of times we decided to start filming.
The majority of these fake monks are from mainland China and they are illegally working (scamming people) on their tourist visas. Some are claiming to be from a religious group seeking donations for a new temple. This is a scam and the Hong Kong Buddhist Association advises genuine monks are not allowed to beg in Hong Kong (people who want to donate should send cheques to registered organisations). There have been some arrests in recent months but the problem is ongoing and people continue to get scammed.
Admittedly, 3:00-3:45 was extremely awkward, we weren't expecting them to come up to us again as it had already happened off camera. The first time, when I said no thank you, they forced a bracelet onto my wrist, demanded money and then when we continued to say no thank you and handed back the bracelet they pretended to curse us!
There were at least 5 of these monks in the one location so we made this video to inform other people of the scam and although we made an 11min video we did only follow the fake monks for 5-10mins and we stopped a couple of people from being scammed.
We mention at the end that this is obviously how they make their money and we didn't want to get in the way of that so we left them to it and we just wanted to make this video to inform other people so that they may avoid being scammed.
This scam happens all over the world, not just in Hong Kong.
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Thank you for Posting this vid i was completelh clueless there are monks who scam. I live in US and these Monks who look like them are going around doing Exactly same thing selling bracelets and i feel stupid for buying one
Hong Kong temples’ monks all stay in the temples. They won’t come out to give out charms and asks or money. Those fake monks are all from China .They enter Hong Kong as a tourist like you. Embarrass them when you meet them.
Nicely presented and not even rude to these fake guys. I see fake Monks here all the time in Hong Kong. Often on the overhead walkways and popular public areas. Benign enough but as you say, just a big scam
Being a traveller yourself or either ourselves will be able to learn other cultures and foreign acknowledge is common, but monks are supposed to be in Buddhist temple, not demanding people's money on the street. They used travelling passport and keep asking peoples money on tourism place which is ruining its religious, and more ridiculously those scam never realises they do all the way is violating Buddhism rules. Being a role of Top Travel Official Presenter Ben myself, I do think this is not acceptable then. Thanks for showing the truth of how peoples doing in their life. I also make travelling videos myself even I do love explore or broadening my horizons.
These fake monks are all over SE Asia, in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore.
Nobody should hand ANY monk money whatsoever.
Im British and I live in SE Asia for a long time and Ive encountered these scam artist and even stopped a few from selling rubbish to unsuspecting tourists, which turn some of these fake monks rather angry.
In the 60s and 70s we often had Hari Krishna monks selling crap to people at Airports all over the USA and somewhat in Europe, selling magazines etc.
Your doing a disservice rather that helping the situation by just standing around following them and just watching them do what they to do the victims. Your not helping those who were scammed. Why not walk up to them as they are scamming people and inform the victims of the scam and inform them that true monks don't beg and accept money?
Sorry to hear that you feel that way, to be totally honest, it's not our place to stop people from 'donating', we did an exposition, we didn't even have to film anything - we could have just watched idly like all of the locals seem to do - we were finding out about the scam as it unfolded before us and it all happened within the moment, I don't think that we did anything wrong and by creating the video, hopefully a lot of people can now be knowledgeable about the scam
Real monk never beg for money in street whatever people offer they offer them at monastery to pray for them and for deceased family members or close friends. Monks use their money voluntarily in religious related things that benefit their community like repairing stupas and monasteries. Buddha has told that to digest the offerings made in the name of deceased is not easy. Karma of those monks who take offerings greedily and not do the proper prayer for deceased will lead them to unbearable painful hell and even if they take rebirth they always take birth in lower realm like pigs, miserable dogs, snakes etc.
I cannot believe that a Buddhist monk,would say,"Fuck Off".That is really atrocious and a very bad example of how these chinese men and women,dress themselves as monks and nuns,and then force people to give them money.
I hope that this video,can be sent to all Buddhist Monasteries,Temples,and also Buddhist Organizations,and a huge meeting of all international Buddhist Abbots,Priests and Monks,gather in China,to stop this nonsense
Tourists are quite dumb before going somewhere foreign without checking climate first. Climate I mean by Hong Kong is like Manhattan NYC.. it's modern very very expensive place to live and travel to. People still think HK is like Thailand, Vietnam and so on... it ain't... I'm glad I'm from Europe.. it's way cheaper to live here!!!
By the way there're no monks in HK unless you go to the temple nor selling stuff to you on the streets. Again it's not an undeveloped place. I compare it with Tokyo and Monaco... cheaper than Monaco but more fun than Tokyo.
Maybe like Osaka... ??
I feel sorry for these fake monks because the worse karma a sentient being will endure by using Buddha's name to deceive honest people and hence ruin the image of Buddhism, which ultimately leads to the destruction of the only path that could lead a sentient being towards the end of sufferings, the end of the perpetual cyclic births and deaths. The sufferings these fake monks willl endure in future lives will be utterly unbearable, inescapable and for an incalculable number of lifetimes will they suffer and no one can help them.
I had something like this happened to me in Chicago. they came up to my brother and I randomly give us a bracelet told us to write down our name and number of money show me their hands shaking up and down saying money and wants me and my brother to give hem money but we said we don't have any cash, once he found out we didn't have any cash he took back the bracelet aggressively and looked at me like WTF. But one of the monk pointed to the corner and said there is an ATM over there and that they will follow us to the ATM so that my brother could take out money and give it to us. (we didnt go there). Are they that desperate for money I don't hear any monk begging or pleading for money. one of the monk follow me and my brother for like a block and then we stopped at a stoplight and he turned around. The End.
Lets talk about the fake politics in the UK. humanity scam. Lets talk about the colonies of the UK. Lets talk about the robbed wealth of your country. I would say live and let live. I really hate the approach of your video.
these guys are mostly after unknowning tourists. main land and hk chinese people have plenty of videos on these guys. here is one of hk couple calling out a fake monk:
monks dont ask for money. monks dont go around shaking hands and touching random people. there are scams every where but i don't advise sticking your camera and nose into their business. take a picture and tell people about it in your blog but a full on confrontation is just foolish. somebody mentioned earlier that they usually operate in groups and a few pissed off dudes can really ruin your day.
Buddhist Monks & Nuns don't asked for the money and value products. Wealth, Substance ,Popular, Eat, Sleep are roots of hell. Well, Eat & Sleep could not been leaved for survived. Pure vegetarian(non-Allium)for Mahayana Buddhists monks, no garlics, scallion, leeks,Allium bakeri, Hingu (Ferula asafoetida) and not irritating foods, which are effected the emotion, practice of Buddhism.
They are giving a really bad image to all buddhist out here! Amituofo, 苦海无边，回头是岸 Bitterness has NO BOUNDS , repent and the shore is at hand! Theres time to repent for their mistakes, or they will surely face karma :(
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