Toronto, CA- The Toronto Police Department is searching for a three-person group of scammers claiming to be psychics. They are pretending to bless victims’ money and valuables but keeping it all instead.
The trio consists of three Asian women who range in age from 30 to 60 years old. According to police, they’ve already scammed two different people two different times. They got about $100,000 from each one, in either cash or jewelry.
The victims, aged 76 and 53, were scammed in the same way. They were each approached at separate times in the Dundas St.- University Ave. area. The scammers began speaking nicely to them and quickly befriended them.
They spoke to the victims in their native language of Cantonese and convinced them that one of the three women was a psychic. The elderly ladies were told that the supposed psychic could see harm coming to their family members.
The scammers told the victims that they had to collect as much cash and valuables as possible and meet them on a street corner to protect their families. Once they met at the street corner, the “psychic” would bless the currency and valuables.
Police state that once the victims gave up their valuables, the trio of women put it all in a bag, and the scammers then used a sleight of hand to trade that bag with an empty bag and gave that back to the victims. The scammers then told the victims to go straight home and not look in the bag until they got there.
Constable Tony Vella, the Toronto Police spokesman, said, “The one issue is they were all speaking the same language. They gained [the victims’] trust, and they were convincing, and the victims believed their story and turned over their valuables.”