Tag Archive for fraud

Woman pays psychic $30,000 for help with love issues

Another alleged psychic scam. A local reporter in North Carolina looks into it and for rules for setting up a psychic business and can’t find any. Action 9: Woman pays $30,000 for psychic session. The industry of fortune telling isn’t one that is always taken seriously, but one woman claims she was tricked out of…

Fatal buttocks injection case heads to court

These stories are not only difficult to write but difficult to comprehend. We’ve had a few stories about people undergoing illegal cosmetic procedures by unlicensed, CLEARLY questionable, administrators in unsafe conditions. But they pay! They go through with it. It can cost them their health and their lives. Trial for ‘Pebbelz Da Model’ begins Monday…

British officials paid to promote Bolton’s fake bomb detectors, deny they did wrong

More has been uncovered regarding the sale of fake bomb detectors around the world. Officials served as unofficial promoters overseas for the devices manufactured in England. They did this without doing thorough research on the devices which would have shown it was useless. Fraudster paid government to help promote fake bomb detectors. The government accepted…

Crystal Marks pleads guilty to the standard psychic scam

This name will sound familiar but I can’t seem to directly connect her with the infamous psychic “Marks” family. But regardless, the name “Marks” raises a giant red FRAUD flag. Self-proclaimed psychic takes no-jail plea deal in scam | New York Post. Smooth-talking “psychic” Crystal Marks pleaded guilty Tuesday to scamming a Greenwich Village lawyer…

“Dirty” money is the new scam

Well this is a new one. Beware! Woman hands over banknotes ‘carrying deadly virus’. An elderly woman in Italy has been robbed by well-dressed bandits who convinced her to part with around $2000, saying her notes had been contaminated with a deadly virus. She said the women identified themselves as health department officials and asked…

Psychic scams rampant in Victoria, NSW

Psychic scams are an international menace. Wherever there are people with money and valuables, there will be those that try to fleece them. Victorians being fleeced in scams by pretend psychics | Herald Sun. Consumer Affairs Victoria received 13 complaints about psychic-related scams in the past financial year, but says the actual number is likely…

Alleged psychic Mitchell heads to jail, is apologetic

In an update to this story about the conviction of psychic Sylvia Mitchell, she heads to jail. Sylvia Mitchell Update: “Sorry” NYC psychic gets 5 to15 years in prison for conning clients – Crimesider – CBS News. Sylvia Mitchell, a New York City psychic convicted of conning clients for tens of thousands of dollars, was…

$100K stolen by psychic in “curse” scam

A quickie about ANOTHER psychic “curse” fraud. These things are all over. Stephanie Thompson AKA Stephanie Lee: Psychic charged with stealing over $100,000 from a client. Boca Raton police say that officers have arrested psychic Stephanie Thompson, also known as Stephanie Lee, and charged her with grand theft and organized fraud. The alleged victim, according…

Jury took only 45 minutes to find Trudeau guilty

Update to the Kevin Trudeau jail watch: In Jail TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau found guilty of contempt, ordered held – chicagotribune.com. On Tuesday, a federal jury wasn’t buying what Trudeau was selling. The panel of six men and six women deliberated just 45 minutes before finding the controversial author guilty of criminal contempt of court…

UAE council wants tougher laws for sorcerers because… blasphemy

In the United Arab Emerates, there is a push for stronger laws against scams that are promulgated by “sorcerers”. Apparently just scamming is not enough. It becomes a religious issue too. FNC pushes for stronger laws against charlatans and sorcerers | The National. Lawyers and a member of the Federal National Council have said a…

Lucrative psychic ring busted in Moscow

I do like these stories but there needs to be MANY more busts. Police Bust Moscow Psychic Ring | News | The Moscow Times. Police in Moscow have rounded up a gang of would-be psychics that earned around 200 million rubles ($6.3 million) by offering to solve people’s personal problems through magic, police said Wednesday.…

Psychic Sylvia Mitchell found guilty

MORE good news against psychic frauds! Mitchell’s trial ends. Psychic Found Guilty of Stealing $138,000 From Clients – NYTimes.com. A jury found a Manhattan psychic guilty on Friday of swindling two women out of $138,000 in a case that probed the fine distinction between providing an unusual service and running a confidence scheme. The fortune…

More of the Marks family sentenced for psychic fraud

After Rose Marks was convicted (has yet to be sentenced) for various fraud charges, other parts of her clan made a plea deal. Psychic fraud case: First three members of Marks family sentenced – Sun Sentinel. Three members of a South Florida family of fortune-tellers stood before a judge Monday, vowing to turn away from…

Dabholkar anti-superstition law is being applied in India

The Anti-superstition law at work. Man arrested for practising black magic – Times Of India. About one-and-a-half months after the state government promulgated an ordinance against black magic, witchcraft and other superstitious practices, the Malegaon police on Monday arrested a 32-year-old man from Aqsa Colony area for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 3 lakh…

Another psychic life coach on trial for swindling

In an update to this story about the arrest and re-arrest of psychic Sylvia Mitchell, her trial has begun. NYC Psychic on Trial on Charges of Conning Clients – ABC News. The case, one of several prosecutions of fortune-tellers in recent years, probes at the line between selling a service, however unusual, and preying on…