Tag Archive for fraud

The real Cicret may be that the device promised what can’t be delivered

Curious about that heavily hyped new bracelet that promises to turn your arm into a smartscreen? Many fund-raising campaigns promise outcomes that sound and look too good to be true. In comparison to current technology, the Cicret (pronounced ‘secret’) bracelet just may be that kind of empty promise. The Cicret bracelet is a revolutionary product that…

Exposed “healer” Popoff is back to take your money

We are again pleased to bring you news of brilliant skeptical activism from UK’s Good Thinking Society as they expose former fraud televangelist Peter Popoff. He’s back to his old tricks “healing” people. But also, he has what appears to be a lucrative fund-raising plan that demands money from patrons in exchange for gimmicks and…

Ohio psychic scam busted

News brief: Another psychic caught using the old standby, I must remove the curse on you, give me money. She was arrested. Remember, all psychics are basically useless and you DON’T have a curse. Don’t be gullible. A Madison woman faces charges for allegedly using her psychic reading business as a fear tactic to scam people…

If it sounds too good and green to be true, it probably is.

The Mantria corporation has been known as being fraudulent for many years now. Finally, those involved have finally been indicted for their bullshit “speed wealth” program. They promised to make their investors “stinkin’, filthy rich” with high-risk bets on real estate and green energy.Instead, federal prosecutors said, the cofounders of a company in the Philadelphia suburbs…

Psychic fraud in Russia busted

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

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…

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

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…

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

Last Spring, it was revealed by Australian media that Belle Gibson’s story about cancer recovery through diet and alternative lifestyle was a hoax. The celebrity author’s publisher Penguin admitted it did not fact check her claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and then having a seemingly miraculous recovery by rejecting conventional medicine.…

International Astrology Foundation smacked for deceptive practices in Iowa

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…

Psychic netted $700K with evil spirits threat

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…

Psychic mail fraud scheme busted by U.S. feds

The US Justice Department has brought the hammer down on a psychic fraud scheme that solicits customers via mail that looks personalized targeting elderly and and economically vulnerable people promising wealth. WASHINGTON: Did these mail-order ‘psychics’ see the Justice Department coming? | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC. The Justice Department on Thursday filed civil complaints…

£85,000 lost to fraud spiritual healer in Leicester

It’s a story we hear far too often and fail to understand – why people give their life savings to conmen who promise supernatural intervention. This story is an update to one a few weeks ago reporting that the community police force was tackling the scurge of “faith healers”. Leicester couple hands over £85,000 to…