There is much to be doubtful about in this story.
A pair of hypnotists are being hunted by police after a victim claimed she was put in a trance before being robbed.
Police in Germany are investigating a spate of crimes involving two Russian women who tell their victims they will read their fortune.
In one incident 66 year-old Sarah Alexeyeva told detectives she was spoken to outside an Aldi supermarket in Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein.
Spokeswoman Sandra Mohr said: “She claims that the pair put her into a trance in order to rob her.
“She had no idea how they did it, one minute she was being promised the future and the next she knew she was back home.”
While there is not much to go in this story – were other victims “hypnotized”, were there witnesses – hypnosis is not a walking trance that allows you to be taken advantage of in this way.
The victim did not describe what was done to put her into this ‘trance’. It appears she doesn’t remember. Does she have dementia, is she traumatized? Those are other more plausible explanations because hypnotism is not a magical power you have over someone, it’s just a state of suggestion. How the robbers did it was likely skillful and sounds much like the Blessings Scam that targets elderly women. Be aware of people who wish to tell your fortune. I’m not psychic but I’ll tell you they are up to no good.