Fake Buddhist monks scamming Australian pedestrians

A note of caution to our Australian friends, especially those in New South Wales: according to the Sydney Morning Herald and other outlets, NSW Fair Trading has warned of men posing as Buddhist monks in order to scam pedestrians for donations. Dressed in vaguely Chinese monk style, the men are said to have gone so far as to whip out their own hand-held credit card machines when those they approached said they had no cash.

Similar scams have recently been reported in New York City and Toronto, so pedestrians beware!