Government officials in China started a large development project near the 1,700-year-old Famen Temple, a 13-tiered octagonal pagoda. The front company they set up borrowed over $69 million for the project, then lost it’s investors.
Fear not grasshopper, they found a way to recover their losses.
The officials hired fake monks to wander the nearby Famen Temple Scenic Park and collect donations from tourists. They even set up statues to encourage donations to a specific statue in return for “blessings.” Unsuspecting tourists donated over $20 million so far.
Anyone have ideas on how to tell if a monk is fake? (Get your answers in quick since we now expect to be hacked within 48 hours.)
For more than 23 years, Steve was an intelligence community professional who traveled and lived throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. He now uses his experiences and formal training to help people overcome their reluctance to travel by giving them the solid, reliable information they can use to plan effectively, reduce risk, react to danger, and return home safe.