Panhandling ‘monks’ likely fakes: Victoria police

Notably absent from these imposter monks is the sense of peace and calm usually associated with Buddhism.

  • Dec. 19, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Victoria police are investigating two incidents of men dressed as Buddhist monks who are passing cards in exchange for cash in the downtown core.

Notably absent from these imposter monks is the sense of peace and calm usually associated with Buddhism.

“If cash is denied to these imposters, they become angry and often scold or curse at those who they are trying to scam,” said Const. Mike Russell.

Aggressive panhandling is unlawful in Victoria.

Anyone with information is asked to call VicPD at 250-995-7654 or anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.