How they operate

How they operate

1. The fake monks usually hail from Thailand and China and belong to syndicates. The Thais come to Singapore by bus.

They work in groups of three - one person will collect money; one will act as a lookout; and one will pretend to be a devotee and put money in the bowl so that passersby will think it is okay to donate.

2. They usually solicit money from people in hawker centres and coffee shops, and have also been spotted at tourist attractions.

3. If the police arrive, the person holding the alms bowl will throw it aside and run. While the police chase after the fake monk, his accomplices will collect the bowl, leaving no evidence behind.


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