Tag Archive for fraud

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…

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…

Beware of scams regarding the victims of flight MH17

This excellent consumer warnings website out of Australia warns of fraudulent activity online surrounding information on the MH17 tragedy – dubious ads, malware and fake charities. Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy. Scammers have set up false Facebook profiles for Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy…

Discovery Channel: Jumped the shark long ago, now just despicable (Update: More despicableness)

Once again, Discovery Channel shows they are not science-based and will even pull unethical stunts to get ratings. Epic. Fail. We posted the link in the leftovers of 16-July to the story in Canada’s National Post about a video that purportedly showed a bull shark spotted in Lake Ontario. The best answer at the time…

Psychic burned through client’s cash

“Where’s the rest of my money?” “Oh, I had to burn it to remove the curse. It’s all good now!” A lawsuit alleges a psychic preyed on a vulnerable person. Not news, but let’s share. Psychic Claims She Burned the Money. A spiritual guide defrauded a grieving Florida woman of nearly $10,000 and told her…

Alt med practitioner faces 16 months in jail. Yells, “Conspiracy!”

It’s a funny thing that people who think they have the special cure really have no authorization to treat at all. And, when they get caught skirting the law and making questionable claims, they yell “conspiracy”. Fake doctor receives 20-month sentence. Kathleen Helms was once considered by her patients to be on the forefront of alternative…