NSW Fair Trading issues warning over bogus Buddhist monk scam | Law

NSW Fair Trading issues warning over bogus Buddhist monk scam

Professor Alex Steel comments on the bogus Buddhist monk scam in the Sydney Morning Herald, 8 January 2014.

Professor Alex Steel, a fraud law expert at the University of NSW, said it was odd that police had suggested the fake monks had not committed an offence.

"If you behave in any way that creates a misleading impression then that's the basis for a fraud charge."

He gave the example of sitting down and ordering dinner at a restaurant, where it would be fraudulent to leave without paying.

"There is no discussion between the waiter and the person. The waiter assumes by the conduct of the person they are going to pay.

"You don't need to talk to someone. The way you behave is often more powerful than the words themselves."

Read the article on the bogus Buddhist monk scam.