North End Neighborhood Group Warns Of 'Fake Monks'

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A neighborhood group is warning tourists and others visiting the city to beware of "fake monks" soliciting money.

The "monks" used to be seen often around Quincy Market, until signs were put up warning kind-hearted tourists that the people in saffron robes offering beads and asking for a few dollars were not monks at all--they're scam artists. John Pregmon of the North End Waterfront Council tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Karyn Regal that the monks have moved to the North End.

"It seemed to have started up again now that the weather's nicer," he said. "We'll see whether we have to put some flyers up again, which seemed to be a little bit effective last year, so perhaps we'll do the same thing and then hopefully curb this behavior."

The goal, he says, is this--if you don't give them money, they'll go away.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Karyn Regal reports

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