Russian police bust psychic scammers

The widespread psychic scam to remove “curses” is also working in Russia. Police take action to bust a group for fraud.

Moscow Police Exorcise Psychic Group | Crime | RIA Novosti.

Moscow police have once again entered the dark realms of the paranormal, busting a Russian “psychic” ring that has been lifting curses for money – or, as the police claim, simply scaring clients into thinking they were jinxed.

The alleged psychics ran a parapsychology center called Sapphira, complete with a call center, the city police website said Tuesday.

The psychics also promoted their company through shows on cable television such as Komsomolskaya Pravda TV.
Sapphira staff convinced callers they were cursed, and claimed to be performing “magical” rituals during their phone conversations. The staff convinced their potential clients they needed supernatural help – which the center then provided for payment, the report said.

I like these stories. Last Summer another network was broken up. These six alleged psychics now face up to 10 years in prison on fraud charges. According to this article, a survey showed that around 20 percent of Russians have sought this sort of “help” from psychics at least once in their lives. “The core client base of the psychic industry are women aged 25-55 looking for magic to bring success in love.”

  1 comment for “Russian police bust psychic scammers

  1. Chris Howard
    July 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    You think they would have seen that comin’? ;-)

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