Tag Archive for psychics

15 Credibility Street #4: A virtual flood of news – bad, good, real, fake and otherwise

In this episode, after a disheartening election result, we spend time catching up on other questionable claims reviewing all the news stories posted since last time. Alaska river monster Canadian ping Quack loses license in Florida American eagles down the drain Earthquake lights over New Zealand Nostradamus and others “predicting” election results Fake News never…

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…

“Find me” psychic group fails to find missing child

In a followup to a story where psychics were giving press for “helping” find a missing 2 yr old, it’s sad, but we told you so. Psychic detectives are neither psychic nor detectives. This method does not yield results. Psychic group tips on missing toddler Myra Lewis lead nowhere. Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker will…

Psychic black ‘Marks’ appear again

I’m fascinated by the fact that every other case about psychic crimes include someone with the last name “Marks”. Psychic charged with taking Starkville senior’s life savings. Willie Mae Allen who suffers from arthritis turned to a psychic reader for help, but the psychic reader is accused of helping herself to Allen’s life savings, WLBT…

Coming to Japanese TV, psychic detective claims

Oh great, let’s bring the idea of psychic detectives to Japan! Spreading the silly… Psychic sisters revisit Yelenic homicide scene for Japanese documentary The April 2006 murder of Blairsville dentist Dr. John Yelenic has inspired books and television episodes since former State Trooper Kevin Foley was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in…

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…

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.…

Pet psychics featured in Baltimore Sun. At least there are some level-headed comments included.

Terri Deiner is a pet psychic or communicator. Animal behaviorists and skeptics have something to say about that. Thanks to Animal Planet’s show “Pet Psychic”, this is now a common thing. ‘Pet psychics,’ aka ‘animal communicators’ know what your pet is thinking – baltimoresun.com. Diener’s work isn’t recognized by many mainstream veterinarians. There’s no professional…

Rihanna supposedly seeks psychic help

This is one of those stories from a tabloid that really has no basis in anything. “A source” could be anyone or could be completely made up but it’s not that far-fetched so lets take a look. Rihanna ‘enlisting help of psychic as she is paranoid about losing her fame’ | Metro News. Rihanna is…

Coventry peppered with psychic scam advertisements

The title of this news story says it all: Faith healers preying on vulnerable in Coventry with bogus claims of miracle cures – Coventry Telegraph. A warning has gone out for members of the public to beware of tricksters purporting to be faith healers and clairvoyants. They advertise their services through leaflet drops, free newspapers…

Psychic bag ladies appear in Melbourne

This scam targeting Asians is going around the world. Hard to believe people fall for it. Are they just trying to be polite? Or are they too gullible? Asian handbag scam hits Melbourne. Police are looking for a group of Asian women who are targeting victims and stealing cash and jewellery in Melbourne’s CBD and…

Denver DA arrests two psychics for fraud, going for hattrick

Psychic parlor tricks and curses. 2 Psychics Arrested, 3rd Sought « CBS Denver. One Denver psychic has been convicted of theft, a second was arrested this month in California and Denver prosecutors are still seeking to arrest a third psychic accused of convincing clients she was a “witch doctor.” “In these cases, where after they’ve…

Psychic Today show faces fine for claims made on UK television

UK media regulator, Ofcom, ruled that a Psychic Today TV show breached the broadcasting code which states that services such as astrology, horoscopes, and tarot readings should be advertised “for entertainment purposes” only. Psychic TV channel faces Ofcom fine over Dowler and Jackson claims | Media | guardian.co.uk. A psychic television channel faces a fine…

Man wanted hitman to kill psychics, including Van Praagh

Psychics have enemies. But this is ridiculous. James Van Praagh, Maureen Hancock and David M. Baker were targeted in this hitman plot. Towanda man tried to order hit on three psychic mediums – News – The Times-Tribune. Craven Vaughn sat down beside the hitman in a car parked outside the Walmart on state route 29 on…

Psychics and their failed predictions for 2012

Let’s take a critical look back at how psychics did in 2012. Epic. Fail. 2012 Failed and Forgotten Psychic Predictions. Another year has come and gone, and with it, a slew of failed and forgotten psychic predictions. Each year, the world’s “leading” psychics lay down their predictions in January, and then we review them one…

David Icke draws the crowds

Icke, “the most controversial speaker in the world” needs a big venue to accomodate the listeners. Thousands will flock to see David Icke at Wembley. It was not long ago that David Icke could not walk down any street in Britain without someone making a rude and insulting remark against him thanks to the questionable…

Norwegian TV show rattles homeopaths and spiritualist (Updated)

The Norwegian TV series “Folkeopplysningen” (“Public Education”), which we have written about before, has caused some controversy among the alternative medicine practioners in Norway. Below are two stories about it: Homoepaths were warned against Folkeopplysningen.* The Norwegian Homeopath Association sent out a letter to their members warning them about participating in the NRK program Folkeopplysningen.…