A variation on the “blessings scam” has struck Wisconsin. The perpetrator is at large, wanted for felony theft.
[T]he victim told police as tarot cards were arrayed on a table in July, the self-proclaimed psychic, 38-year-old Agueda Floris, told her she had an illness because “someone put a bad spell on her, and someone paid a lot of money to put this spell on her.”
The victim was told to come back the next day with $400, 20 candles a tomato and a T-shirt.
According to the search warrant in the case, the woman was so concerned about her so-called illness, she agreed to return the next day, and that’s when police said the con kicked into high gear.
The victim told police the psychic placed the tomato in a T-shirt and “rubbed it all over the victim’s body in the form of a cross.” The victim said she “observed a small hairy animal in the shape of a mouse inside the tomato.”
She said Floris “jumped back from the table and began shouting ‘Oh my God, look what you had in you.'”
The psychic convinced her she needed to withdraw all her money from the bank to be blessed.
It’s a story we’ve heard over and over again – the psychic con.
For more on the blessing scam and what can be done, see the Doubtful News feature at Randi.org. Beware of the “Blessings Scam”