Vancouver Police say there may be more victims of a blessing scam or evil spirit scam that has robbed people of significant amounts of cash and jewellery.Three women have now been arrested in connection with the scam, which came under investigation on July 8.The Vancouver Police Financial Crime Unit began the investigation into a group of women believed to be involved in the scam, which typically targets elderly Asian women.
The women are played for a bait and switch that capitalizes on the trust of their fellow Asians and ingrained cultural superstitions. Some people are so embarrassed by the victimization that they do not tell police and the perpetrators steal again. Local officials are trying their best to warn women but face the power of belief in evil spirits.
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