Soul man: Falls for scam in WalMart parking lot

Soul cleansing? REALLY? Don’t let this be you.

Police warn of soul cleansing scam.

Santa Fe investigators are warning the community about an unusual scam.

One man thought he was getting his soul cleansed, but turned out, he just got cleaned out.

Police said the man was leaving a Walmart in Santa Fe when three women approached him. They told the man he had a dark spirit following him and offered to perform a cleanse.

Police said the women took the man to a white van, where they told him he needed to hand over his gold jewelry and cash because that was the root of his problems. At one point, police said they had the man go back in Walmart and cash a check for $500. Officials said the women took that money, ripped it in half and kept it.

A few days later, the man went to the police to report what he thought was a theft. Police found the women at a Motel 6. They denied having the cash but did admit to having the man’s jewelry. They said he voluntarily gave it to them. Police took the jewelry back and returned it to the owner, but said they can’t charge them because they technically didn’t commit a crime.

Is it just me or do you think this guy had other ideas when he was approached by three women? Did he think “soul cleansing” was a euphemism? As one person in the article noted, most people with common sense would not have fallen for this.

Here’s a tip — if someone wants you to have your soul cleansed, RUN the other way.

  8 comments for “Soul man: Falls for scam in WalMart parking lot

  1. Harold Renshaw
    November 18, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I would imagine Wal-Mart would offer a soul cleaning for much less.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    November 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    You really CAN get anything at Wal-Mart.

  3. eddi
    November 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I enjoy the fact the women were not charged because he gave them the money freely. This has to be the easiest to run scam I’ve ever seen. And the marks just hand themselves over. I wonder how many people the women approached before they got a bite? Five, ten? First time lucky? It was a Walmart crowd after all.

  4. ZomyWoof
    November 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    There’s a sucker born every minute.

  5. Chris Howard
    November 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    As I understand it you can get a “Soul Cleansing” for an extra $25 at certain houses of ill repute. ;-)

  6. November 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    It’s Santa Fe. The only surprise is that it doesn’t happen daily.

    • One Eyed Jack
      November 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      It probably does.

  7. November 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Jeesh, what a rube, everybody knows Soul_Cleansing is a farce run by charlatans. Now, for a single, low payment of all you posess, I’ll fix your aura, which is what us professionals know is the root of all your problems.

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