KAMI saw the post on Facebook of a netizen sharing awareness about this monks in Vito Cruz.
He said that this fake monks will put "prayer beads" on people's wrists then suddenly ask for money ranging from 100-500 pesos.
"Dear friends (esp. those who stay or live near Vito Cruz/P Ocampo and Taft area), please be aware that there are fake monks in full costume who put "prayer beads" on people's wrists then ask a certain sum of money in payment for the prayers and blessing that they give. I saw earlier this lunch time when this "monk" victimized unsuspecting people passing by in front of Jollibee Vito Cruz branch. They often target young students, often getting away with the scam while the victims could only scratch their heads in frustration.
Their alleged modus operandi is to put a bracelet in your hand or hang beads or a necklace on your neck and then suddenly ask for money ranging from 100 to 500 pesos. They can be aggressive in insisting that you pay them. They often don't accept amounts below these. This is a scam, pure and simple.
Please stay away from scammer monks like the one in the picture I took.
ADDENDUM - since I got a hate message in FB: To those who share this post, please know that I did my research first before I posted this as an awareness and warning... I even called up Mabuhay Temple along Vito Cruz before deciding to post this... their Master was the one who said that:
(1) real monks don't siphon and force people to give money,
(2) they aren't connected to the Monks who live within Malate area - thus making them (the ones you see on the streets giving beads) dubious,
(3) monks spread teachings and not just beads along any street,
(4) for the monks of Mabuhay temple, their habits are brown, and not orange like what we usually see in the movies.
I have nothing against anyone here, this is just for awareness so that others may not fall to the scam."
Disclaimer: Michelle Ortiguero
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