Psychics

Psychic scam warning from police in Edmonton

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News snippet: Police in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada are warning residents not to fall prey to psychics and astrologers who make extraordinary claims. The old black magic has victims in its spell, and Edmonton police say swindlers who pose as astrologers or psychic readers are to blame. Victims of recent scams come from across Canada, including…

Psychic fraud in Russia busted

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News snippet: Moscow police say they have busted a group of dubious folk healers and psychics who made at least €680 000 through various frauds, including selling a farmer a “dagger of power” to help his crop. Source: Moscow cops bust €680 000 ‘psychic’ scammers

Convicted “psychics” admit it was all a scam

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Several psychics that are in jail admit that they were scamming people. In other news, water is wet. But, there are several more interesting threads to this story that I encourage everyone to read in its entirety. Source: The Secret to the Psychic Trade? It’s in the Parole Board Transcripts – The New York Times Celia…

Popular “medium” Colin Fry passes away

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TV medium Colin Fry dies aged 53 Fry appeared on several British TV shows, notably Most Haunted, one of the most influential shows in the “reality paranormal” genre. Fry died of lung cancer. He was one of the rare physical mediums in the 1990s. That is, the “Spirit operators” use their psychic energy to produce manifestations such as noises, objects…

Norwegian psychic claims to know what happened to Madeleine McCann

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Recall little Madeleine McCann? Back in 2007, she disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. 8 years later, the case is still unsolved. Norwegian clairvoyant and psychic Michael Winger, who we’ve talked about before, claims to know what happened to her. According to Winger, Madeleine was abducted by an unknown man who was trying…

Psychic swindle targeted older woman in PA

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Stop me if you heard this one before… a woman is talked into paying for psychic services and loses a cartload of money. Source: ‘Psychic’ siblings in Bucks County face trial over swindling elderly woman | PhillyVoice A brother and sister in Bucks County who stole more than $17,000 from an elderly woman under the…

Rose Marks loses appeal for fortune telling fraud; stays in jail

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No surprise here: Rose Marks loses her appeal. Convicted “psychic” Rose Marks, who is imprisoned for defrauding more than $17.8 million from clients of her family’s fortune-telling business, lost the appeal of her criminal convictions Tuesday. Source: South Florida ‘psychic’ who defrauded millions from clients, loses appeal of her criminal convictions  Marks was found guilty…

A “psychic” named “Marks”? Run the other way

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A Charlottesville woman who claimed she had a “gift from God” and could see the past and future has been indicted on multiple federal charges she defrauded multiple clients, one of whom sent her more than $1.4 million. Source: Charlottesville palm-reader indicted; claimed ability to see future, talk to spirits A federal grand jury indicted…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

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Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

International Astrology Foundation smacked for deceptive practices in Iowa

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An Iowa judge has ordered a New York-based company that prosecutors say conned people into paying for outlandish psychic readings and prophecies to stop soliciting Iowa residents and refund nearly $14,000 already sent from them. Source: Court orders New York psychic outfit to reimburse Iowa residents for ‘outrageous’ deception Polk County District Court Judge Douglas…

Russian psychic-astrologer-healer Dzhuna dies

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She appeared to be a well rounded mystic. Astrologist and healer Dzhuna, who reportedly treated top Russian politicians and celebrities, has passed away in Moscow. Soviet leader Brezhnev and director Fellini were among her patients, Russian media claim. Source: Famed Russian mystic Dzhuna dies at 65 If the Russian media says so, she was very…

Make James Van Praagh your mystical mentor

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A self-proclaimed psychic, who won’t even get tested properly for his “skills”, starts an online school to teach others. James Van Praagh Opens His New School of Mystical Arts After thirty-five years of talking to the dead on television, radio, and through live demonstrations, New York Times bestselling author, psychic medium and spiritual teacher James Van…

Psychic netted $700K with evil spirits threat

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Quite the charlatan. Psychic fraud buster Bob Nygaard was called in. He’d seen not only this type of scam before, but also this same woman. Psychic cheats heartbroken man out of $700K after girlfriend dies | New York Post A “psychic” swindler preyed on a lovelorn Brooklyn man for nearly two years, using his girlfriend’s…

When the clairvoyant is the suspect in a murder

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46-year-old Kelly Brennan was found murdered in Florida. Her friend, Sheila Trott, is suspected of brutally murdering and dumping Brennan’s body. Sheila came home after a four-hour trip to “Walmart” acting strangely. That night, she had a dream her friend was hurt. Sheila had a nervous breakdown and thought she killed Kelly in a jealous rage. A Vision…

Kerfuffle at Penn State over psychic TV show

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First there was paranormal investigator Ryan Buell who capitalized on his affiliation with Penn State (starring in Paranormal State), now the school is promoting another student as a psychic medium for a new TV show. Oh, wait, not really… Reality check: Penn State junior to star in ABC Family show | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ms. Ten-Kate,…