Three men who impersonated Buddhist monks to solicit money from a follower have been arrested for fraud by prosecutors in Jing'an District.
On January 22, a 60-year-old female Buddhist follower surnamed Ge was in a shop selling joss sticks and candles near Yufo Temple. A bald man dressed like a monk was chanting near a Buddhist statue in the shop. The shop owner surnamed Ding told Ge to give her name, birthday and mobile phone number for monks to pray for her, prosecutors said.
Then other men, posing as monks entered the shop and chanted, saying prayers for Ge. The episode lasted about 30 minutes, prosecutors said.
When Ge was about to go, Ding demanded 9,300 yuan (,350) from her for the ritual. Ge only had 200 yuan with her, but Ding and the “monks” scared her, claiming if she didn't pay, bad luck would result, prosecutors said.
Ge then withdrew 9,100 yuan and paid up. Realizing that she had been fooled, she called police a few days later.
The culprits were soon caught, prosecutors said. They added that Ding's uncle was one of the fake monks.