SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Fake monks in downtown San Francisco are allegedly targeting unsuspecting people for money in a scam for signatures on a petition.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the monks roaming the city’s financial district and Union Square area.READ MORE: Berkeley Hills Residents Urged To Stay Elsewhere During Extreme Fire Weather
Dressed in long brown or orange gowns, the men and women give people a beaded bracelet and then ask them to sign their “peace petition.” Once the victim has signed, they are directed to write down their monetary donation.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
If the person refuses, the scammer presses them for cash, the newspaper reports. If the person doesn’t hand over money, the scammer snatches back bracelet. No arrests have been made linked to the scam.MORE NEWS: Dixie Fire Update: Firefighters Brace For 40 MPH Red Flag Winds; Flames Advance Toward Lake Almanor
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