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Beware of Fake Monks in NYC

There's something you should be on your guard about if you're visiting New York City this summer: fake monks. According to the city's Buddhist leaders, men in orange robes claiming to be Buddhist monks are approaching tourists at popular attractions like the High Line elevated park and Times Square. Handing out shiny medallions and offering greetings of peace, the men ask for donations to help build a temple in Thailand, then get persistent and aggressive if they're turned down. The Buddhist Council of New York is trying to get the word out that the men appear to have no affiliation with any Buddhist temple. As one of the council's Facebook posts put it, "This is a scam."