Bogus monks targeting tourists

Bogus monks targeting tourists

SINGAPORE - Fake monks and nuns have been targeting tourists for monetary donations at attractions such as the Merlion and the Singapore River.

The Singapore Buddhist Federation, which issued a public advisory yesterday, said it received about five complaints from members of the public over the past two weeks.

"Tourists are easy targets because they do not know that monks and nuns cannot accept money," said a federation spokesman.

Begging is an offence in Singapore. Those who have at least two previous begging records can be fined up to $3,000 and jailed for up to two years.

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