One of the biggest
and most lucrative scams nowadays are “Gypsy Scams” “Psychic Scams” or
“Fortuneteller Scams” It’s easy to make it appear a person
has psychic powers. HERE IS ONE EXAMPLE. CLICK HERE!
This is the most widely used trick used by Psychics. Here’s how it
[From "Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and
COLD READING Among practitioners of the occult arts, there is a
technique known as “cold reading.” When the performer is faced with an
audience that is entirely strange to him, he uses this tried-and-true
method of guessing names, relationships, events, and situations that
might relate to audience members. The technique is differentiated from
hot reading,” which is used when the reader has obtained specific,
hard information about a sitter and merely has to reveal it in a
convincing manner. U.K. author/historian Ian Wilson looked into the
methods of one Doris Stokes, a prominent U.K. clairaudient, and
discovered that the people for whom she had produced “evidential”
messages were people who had contacted her in advance of the show, had
given her information, and had then been invited to attend her meeting.
The information she'd received from them was then given back to them
and embellished upon. Mrs. Stokes's work serves well as an excellent
example of hot reading.
Performing cold reading by throwing out common names and
hoping that someone will “link” with one of them, following up by
guessing or simply asking the relationship of a name that has been
selected out and “accepted” by a sitter, the medium is well on the way
to convincing an unwary listener that he or she has contacted the dead.
Here's the way it's done. Suppose that a sitter has accepted
the name “Mary.” The medium can now say, “I want to put Mary close to
you.” What does this really mean? It's really a question as to whether
or not Mary is “close to” the sitter. In the worst-case scenario, where
Mary is dead, is buried in another country, was never very fond of the
sitter, and was not related to him, we might uncharitably fail to
recognize how close that guess was. However, a clever medium can easily
rescue this seemingly bad guess by saying, “Ah, but though Mary failed
to tell you of her great affection for you while she was here, she has
come through tonight to remedy all that.” Though it sounds hard to
believe, sitters actually accept such excuses. They are more than
willing to accept. And note that the reader did not say that Mary was
close to the sitter; what he said was only a comment, though certainly
one that begged a response.
The cold reading routine includes a number of excellent methods for
extracting information from the sitter without it appearing as if the
medium has actually asked for it. Comments like “Why is this person
laughing?” or “She's shaking her head as if to say no” will often
elicit a response. As with the “Mary” comment earlier, some questions
don't appear to be questions at all: “I get this person in spirit” or
“Somehow, I feel Jim was related to you or lived near you” are
examples. Even more useful are those modifiers that generalize or fuzz
up the statement so that it has a greater chance of being successful or
of evoking an answer. Phrases like “I think that . . .” or “I feel as
if . . .” or “I want to say . . .” and many other try-ons are used for
Other useful techniques: The reader can say “Yes, of course,” and then
repeat to the sitter a fact that has just been given him, as if he knew
it all along. Or he can say “Of course! I got that very strongly!” when
he is given a fact that he didn't get at all. When he hears something
from the sitter that appears to “link” up, he might declare “Now we're
putting it all together,” even though the sitter is the one who is
making it work.
The main facets of
the system are:
1. Readers use such
phrases as “I think . . .” (or “I don't think . . .”). This is a way of
“trying on” a guess for acceptance.
2. Readers simply
ask for direct, factual information from the sitter which they say is a
way to “help along” the process. The sitter is usually very willing to
3. Readers often say
that they cannot differentiate between past, present, and future events
and relationships, so that there are many more possibilities for
4. Wide ranging of
the sitter's imagination is not only expected by the mediums, but is
encouraged. Sitters are told to be creative and try to make the reading
5. There is a
willing, and eager collusion between the medium and the sitter, even if
largely unconscious on the part of the sitter.
Cold reading isn't
necessarily learned in a series of lessons. Though classes in
“spiritual development” are sometimes offered by mediums and are
understood, both by teacher and students, to have been designed to
enhance their awareness of the survival-after-death philosophy, the
lessons seem also to instruct the learners in how to extract
certainties out of ambiguity. For example, trying to guess a word
sealed in an envelope, students are encouraged to discover
relationships between obscure ramblings and the word itself. A notion
about walking down a road, for example, might be said to correctly
relate to the concealed word “success” because “everyone seeks a path
to success, and a path is a sort of road.” The words used are always
general in nature (success, peace, happiness, sadness, longing,
searching) rather than more definitive words like cat, hammer, Germany,
Most proficiency at
cold reading is obtained by observing old masters of the trade and by
trial and error...
The methods of probing and backing up, laughing away
failures and turning them into forgivable boo-boos, getting around long
pauses in which the sitter fails to volunteer needed information, and
blaming errors on the “poor spiritual wavelengths” all become clear
with a little study. By means of cold reading, a proficient
operator can readily convince a sitter that contact with a departed
person has been firmly established. That's what it's really all about.
The victims of the process are constantly encouraged to think of
something that can “link” the very trite but tried-and-true phrases to
any deceased (or living) person or past (or present) situation they can
come up with or imagine. The vague language and the inevitable
modifiers (possibly, maybe, perhaps) often offer many easy connections
that can be arrived at.
Psychic Surgery Every week, increasing numbers of people from all over
the world arrive in Manila, capital of the Republic of the Philippines,
seeking magical aid from the curanderos, who claim they can heal every
sort of malady. Apparently by means of psychic——or divine——powers,
these native healers can reach their hands into the bodies of clients,
extracting deadly tumors and other substances, along with quantities of
blood. In most cases, there is no trace of an incision on the body of
To any experienced
conjuror, the methods by which these seeming miracles are produced are
very obvious. But inexperienced observers quite naturally do not see
the trickery, and if they are predisposed to believe in magic, they are
prepared to accept that something supernatural has taken place.
There are two
distinct classes of this performance, which is now known as “psychic
surgery.” The most common form is relatively free of direct and
immediate physical damage and risk to the person treated. It consists
of cheating, secretly introducing the blood and other materials onto
the surface of the body by means of sleight of hand. No incision takes
place, and any infection which occurs does so through minor abrasions
or scratches. The second form of “psychic surgery” is simply a direct
invasion of the body by means of small, shallow incisions, often made
unobserved, under cover of distraction——in exactly the way that a
conjuror would perform.
practice has spread worldwide now, and in the states of California and
Florida, psychic surgeons regularly visit on tour, untroubled by law
enforcement agencies under the protection of the principle of Freedom
of Religion. Since actual incisions are seldom made, the risk of
infection is small. These practitioners, often assuming the titles
“Reverend,” “Brother,” or “Doctor,” typically charge $100 per minute
for their services. In other cases, they make no formal charge, but
accept sizable “donations” that are carefully suggested by them, in
writing, to their victims.
One variety of
“operation” performed by these people is actually a medieval procedure
that involves actual invasion of the body. Known as “cupping,” it
consists of first making a tiny incision with a knife, usually without
any sterilization, anesthetic, or antiseptic. Then a bit of cotton wool
soaked in alcohol is placed upon a coin near or upon the cut, and the
cotton is ignited. A small glass is then quickly inverted over the
site. At this point the area is often covered with a cloth, as if
performing a conjuring trick and thus concealing from sight the process
that now takes place inside the inverted glass.
As the oxygen is
consumed by the flame, a partial vacuum is created, drawing the flesh
up into the glass. This causes the wound to bleed, and when the partial
vacuum is thus equalized, the cloth is removed so that one can see that
about one-fifth of the volume of the glass is now filled with blood.
This process will, to an uninformed person, appear as if some magical
force had brought the blood from the wound.
THE CURSED MONEY
WHO ARE THE GYPSIES?
When the nomadic Gypsies arrived in Europe in the Middle Ages,
Euopreans thought they came from Egypt. Gypsy is short for Egyptian.
Many of them settled for a time in Romania, which is why Gyspies are
called Romany. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT NOT ALL GYPSIES ARE
FORTUNE-TELLERS AND CON ARTISTS. In fact, many fortunetellers
and occultists claimig to be Gypsies are not. There are 5 Gyspie clans
in America; the Addams, the Bimbos, The Stephens, The Smiths, and The
Merrinos (Gypsy immigrants adopted Anglicanized names). The Gypsies
actually are descendeants from a tribe of Warriors in Northern India.
Why exactly they left India and traveled over Europe is a mystery. It
may be the tribe became demoted to untouchables. Remnants of that same
tribe who stayed behind in India are part of the untouchable caste.
The reputation of Gypsies mythical occult powers goes back centuries.
Wiccan Raymond Buckland claims he is of Gypsy ancestry, although this
is doubtful. Anton LaVey claimed to have a Gypsy grandmother, proven
bogus by his own family. Sybil Leek claimed to have tramped
around with the Gypsies, although she isn’t known for her truth telling
ability, and Gypsies are seldom known to befriend outsiders.
Another reputation of the Gypsie is that of being a con artist.
Unfortunately, there is a basis for fact for this. Peter Mass
interviews a Gypsy leader named in his facinating and insightful book
King of The Gypsies, which was later made into a movie. The book
revealed many of the con games Gypsies use, including occult cons.
Since this information comes from a Gypsy, it can hardly be dismissed
as “Christian propaganda.”
how psychics take advantage of people and prey on their misery.
So-called "Real Psychics" bust "fake psychics" and tell you they're the
real deal. Don't fall for this...those guys are fakes too. It's no
different than when a drug dealer reports another drug dealer to the
police just to get rid of the competition!
I See Bad Things Happening
A fortune teller in New York utilized a common industry scheme to
defraud her "client" out of $200,000 in inheritance money by claiming
that the money, given to the victim from a relative, was evil and had
to be cleansed. She conned the victim into believing that the source of
her personal and professional unhappiness was the "evil" in the
She convinced her client that she could cleanse the money of evil
spirits at a cemetery and, thereafter, would return the money so the
victim's life would get back on the right path. This late
night ritual usually involves a man's white handkerchief and an egg
which absorbs the evil spirits.
The victim first met the con outside a restaurant where she was sitting
at a table offering tarot card readings for $15. The victim believed
the initial reading to be accurate with regard to her life, her
children, her husband and her father, and thereafter agreed to regular
During the meetings, she was befriended and revealed more about her
life, including that she had received a substantial
inheritance. She was told she needed to "purify" herself so
that she could resolve issues concerning her work, love life, and her
children. Often this takes the ritualistic form of burning
"special" candles which supposedly cost around $100 each.
Over about eight weeks she was directed to make cash withdrawals to
purchase items, such as gift certificates and jewelry, that the con
would use for all sorts of "ceremonies." Later, she directed the victim
to provide monies to her in the form of cash so that she could "clean"
the money and "rid it of evil."
After receiving over $160,000 in cash and other personal property and
items valued at over $40,000, the fortune teller fell victim to the
money's evil and vanished.
Overcome By All The Evil Received
Another woman, who said she gave Evans $76,000 when she was going
through a deep emotional crisis stated. "She took advantage of me when
I was really having problems and feeling suicidal."
That Love Bug is Possessed
2002 Manahttan, NY Two self-described psychics, Sonia Merino, 50 and
her daughter-in-law, Nasta Merino, 23 were arrested and charged with
five counts each of mail fraud for allegedly conning clients into
paying thousands of dollars in fees to "free them from bad karma". The
pair offered psychic readings for as little as $10 but would then tell
clients that additional sessions, ranging up to $20,000, were needed to
drive away a curse or some negative spiritual force. One client told
investigators that he gave Sonia Merino more than $518,000 in checks, a
1999 Volkswagen Beetle, a CD player and a personal computer over a
three-year period after first going to her for a tarot card reading in
1996 after a failed romance. He says Sonia told him he needed a series
of costlier sessions including a request for $750,000 to pay a group of
psychics to conduct all-night meditations on his behalf. One
victim was quoted in the affidavit as saying that Sonia Merino
threatened to put a curse on her when she refused to pay several
thousand dollars for a series of sessions. Another told of
being badgered with phone calls every few hours throughout the night.
In addition to mail fraud, Sonia and her husband Steve, 44, were
charged with tax fraud for allegedly underreporting $750,000 in income
from 1995 through 1999. Sonia Merino also sold clients what she
described as "holy water" from the Vatican but analysis showed it was
Manhattan Beach tap water, authorities said. Nasta Merino was
accused of selling at least one person "holy water" from
Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupre, a Catholic shrine near Quebec City, Canada, which
is frequented by invalids seeking miracle cures. It, too, came from a
Emily 09/22/02 Ham and Eggs
It was late winter of last year when she approached me. I was walking
down the street and saw her from a distance handing out flyers. As I
was walking down towards her, I noticed she was looking down on the
street not looking at anyone. As I was walking towards her direction
she handed me a flyer.
The instant I took it she looked straight at my face and said
something, and though I can't remember her exact words, it was
something along the lines of "my soul mate is out there but I know him
and currently quarreling with him and he doesn't know that I am his
soul mate yet; that there this darkest surrounding me and standing in
the way of my happiness; that I’m in trouble; need to be read and that
she would read me for free."
I was so enthralled by what she had said I went with her to her home
right up the block and there she read my palm. She said that someone
years before had apparently placed a darkness upon me (yes, a supposed
“curse” but in her own elaborate wording).
I was astonished to hear of the tough times she knew I had been going
through (psychic scammers use questioning methods in order to draw out
information out of a person, so they can appear as though they are
psychic), that the cause of this was this curse placed upon me, how it
affected my past, present and how it will affect my future even worse.
That if I wanted to be happy she had the gift and power to remove this
curse placed on me and be able to do that for a “one time fee” of only
$300. So I came back with the money and she told me that she would do
some meditation that night at her (supposed) church on focusing on how
to help me.
She told me to come back the following day and to bring back a red rose
and an envelope. So I came in the following day and she told me from
her meditation last night, she saw the soul of a person who placed this
darkness upon me.
That this person went to someone to have this done and they used things
that were not natural or holy to commit this act. She told me make
three wishes and pull the petals from the rose, drop them in the
envelope and write my name and birth date on it.She said she would keep
the rose and meditate on it that evening and find what she could find
out and let me know the following day.
The following day, she said that based upon her mediation she found out
that this person hadn’t done this to me once but nine times and that
she needed to do further mediation that weekend to find out what needed
to be done.
She said that I needed to bring the following week nine bills of $100,
an uncooked egg, white cotton underwear, nine leaves (yes, - “the egg
trick”) and the envelope. She gave me incense and told me to light and
place all those items under my bed that weekend.
I said I would be able to gather the items except that the money would
be a problem since I didn’t have that kind of money on me. She said to
get whatever largest quantity I could find, so I managed to get $50
bills. I placed all the items under my bed and lit the incense that
weekend and contacted her right after as she instructed me to.
The following Monday I came in, and though I can’t remember all the
step by step details of what she did, I do recall she blessed me with
some holy water (probably tap water), took the money and folded it into
a shape like a star, had me recite some gibberish prayer that she was
recanting, put the money on my forehead and chest and then put the
money in the envelope for me to keep.
Then she did the “egg trick” having my eyes closed and having me
reciting again another gibberish prayer (a way to keep you distracted
so they can slip whatever disgusting gross thing onto the egg they just
crack). When I opened my eyes I found a “tiny wormy snake in the egg”
cracked and placed on top of the underwear I was told to bring.
Afterwards, she told me based upon her meditation that weekend and only
one snake being found in the egg there was still more evil that had not
been removed (“that only one evil was removed but there was 2 more
evils that had not been removed”)- hence there was more work needed to
At home, she told me to light a white candle halfway with my initials
engraved, leave a half filled water jar under my bed and breathe into
it 9 times a day, tie nine red ribbons around my fingers and toes and
to bring $2,700 the next day (her explanation: $300 - three
representing the trinity of the largest denomination X 9 – the many
times the curse had been placed upon me) for her to remove the evil
from me and transfer it to this money.
She said that afterwards I had the choice to have it destroyed before
my eyes and buried in the ground where no human being would walk, or
lock it in a specially ordered box for several months to be placed on
an alter of her church to be cleansed and be given back to me several
I told her it was going to be difficult since I didn’t have that kind
of money on me.
She yelled at me saying if I really wanted to be happy I needed to rid
myself of this, that I should try to get as much as I could, and to
contact her through the week on the progress of the money. So I
contacted her mid-week saying I could only get $900. She told me to
light the rest of the candle and contact her on Sunday to set up a day.
I contacted her on Sunday and then throughout the week until she said
she was available to do it the following week.
So I came to her home the following week and had her destroy the all
money including the money in the white envelope by having her rip the
money before my eyes, or at least under my throat, while she had me
recite another prayer (another method they use - she had ripped some
but not all of the bills as she crumpled them and left them to fall to
the ground, the impression and sound that they were all being ripped
when in fact they weren’t). Then she had me write up and sign a
contract stating that I was loaning her the money.
She then told me to come back the following day with the leftover
candle wax so she could mediate with it and to pick up a package of
crystals, incense and holy water that she had ordered for me to use
that weekend. When I came in the next day, she did some sort of ritual
cleansing on me and the only thing she gave me consisted of incense and
some water mixed with incense to bath in (which I never used and threw
away) and that the crystal she specially ordered would arrive in a few
weeks and to contact her again that weekend.
But then that weekend, realizing what I had done, I came to my senses
and called her requesting she give my money back and she said she
would. Later that weekend she called me saying she had only half of the
money and to pick it up on Monday and that she would give me the rest
That Monday, I went to her home and picked up the money. She said to
check later on this week or next to see if “the church” could give her
the rest of the money. So for three weeks, I called and called. Mostly
phone tagging her, with her each time giving me excuses that the church
wasn’t able to give her any money and she very busy and to call again
later, in the hope that I would eventually give up in the end.
Realizing I wouldn’t give up, she finally relented saying she had the
money for me to pick up. I did so and never spoke to her since.
As you read this you might have thought that common or instinctive
sense would have told me to stop my involvement when things started to
get shady. Believe me, I contested and was suspicious every time money
was asked. But like most people who tell of their account of being a
victim of a psychic scam these psychic scammers are very skilled in
convincing you that they have the gift and power to help you, and the
ability to extract information from you.
Their overall objective is to emotionally control and psychologically
take advantage of you by tapping into your vulnerability and fears –
which is frightening!!
They try to win your trust and loyalty to get you to confide in them,
so they can use that information (whether emotional or financial)
against you. They profess to know the cause of your problems and that
they have the power to help you, and will do whatever needs to be done
(in most cases asking for money) to benefit you in the end. They make
sure that they put their hooks into you to convince you to still want
to be involved in their scheme by enticing you to come back for more.
In my case, this fraudster had me call her constantly and every weekend
to let her know how I was doing. She would occasionally
provide me with bits of information regarding the person who
“supposedly” cursed me and promised to later find out exactly who it
was (which she never did!!). She was very convincing, wanting me to
believe, and have faith in what she was saying and the power of what
she could do. She seemed empathetic in listening to my concerns and
problems. Stating that there was no pressure to this if I didn’t want
to do it, allowing me to think it over and that even if afterwards, if
I had doubts about it, she would give me the money right back. From the
basis of that I assumed she was the genuine thing.
Her name is supposedly "Laura or Arroyo" and she resides at her place
of business on West 24th Street in NYC.
She is in her 30’s and says she is of Greek descent with Mediterranean
or Hispanic features, but she capable of changing her appearance. Her
blond hair apparently seems to have been bleached at the time that I
had been approached by her. I later found out she occasionally displays
a fold- out advertisement sign of her supposed services or hands out
flyers at the end of the corner walk where she resides.Except for the
$300 fee she charged and refused to give back, I was able to get all of
my $1,600 back. An ordeal, beginning to end, of about a month.
Flat Iron District Victim 03/29/03
Woman jailed in scam as psychic - VICTIM, 19, WAS PRESSED TO PAY TOTAL
By Jessie Seyfer - Mercury News bayarea.com 12/06/03
A self-proclaimed psychic based in Half Moon Bay was sentenced to two
years in state prison Friday for demanding that a 19-year-old woman pay
her $15,000 to ward off predictions that the woman's family members
would die. Janet Adams, 41, operated as a palm reader and psychic at a
booth at the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival and got to know the
victim through a friend, said San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney
Kathryn Alberti.``This 19-year-old was very innocent, very
vulnerable,'' Alberti said.
Over several months, Adams would make predictions that the woman's
family members were about to die, and would tell her that she needed to
pay or the predictions would come true, Alberti said. The victim had
access to a parent's bank account, and also charged payments on her
credit cards, Alberti said. The requests for money came almost weekly
until the woman became suspicious and reported Adams to police last
fall, when she was arrested in San Mateo.
Adams was convicted last year of running the same scam on a San Mateo
piano store owner. In that case, she operated under the name Kimberly
Johnson, and managed to convince the owner to give her a total of
$100,000, Alberti said.
HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM OF FORTUNETELLER FRAUD
1. Rememeber, all Tarot readers, palm readers, astrologers, psychics,
aura readers, fortunetellers, mediums, channelers, etc., are fakes.
They don’t have psychic powers. Don’t go them in the first place. Some
people have tried seemingly innocent $15 Tarot reading at a booth at a
fall festival or county fair and wound up thousands of dollars in debt
2. If you’ve been swindled, don’t be afraid to come forward. Often
times psychic con artists go scott ftee because the victims are too
embarrassed or to scared to admit they were scammed. This is
escpecially true of more of educated types who feel they should have
been smarter than to fall for a trick. Psychic cons are good at what
they do. They know how to manipulate people and often pray on people
when they’re at very low points emotionally in their lives, ad thus
very vulnerable. Even people with PhD’s have been fooled by Psychic
cons. Don’t feel ashamed or angry at yourself, go to the authorities
and report it so it doesn’t happen to someone else.
3. If you were a victim and a substantial amount of money was conned
from you, report it to the IRS, since Psychics never report this kind
4. Don’t be afraid of being hexed or cursed by the Psychic. Just
remember, they are lying to you. Lies are the occultists greatest tool.
Read about hexes and curses HERE. If they threaten you with physical
violence, call the police.
BY NOW YOU SHOULD BE CONVINCED PSYCHICS ARE SCAMMERS.
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