Fake Psychics Scam Over $200,000 From Elderly Women
Toronto, CA- The Toronto Police Department is searching for a three-person group of scammers who are claiming to be psychics and are pretending that they can bless money and valuables.
The trio is comprised of three Asian women who range in age from 30 to 60 years old. They have already scammed two different people at two different times and they got about $100,000 from each one, in either cash or jewelry according to police.
The victims, aged 76 and 53, were both scammed in the same way. They were each approached at separate times in the Dundas St.- University Ave. area and once they were approached, the group of women began speaking nicely to them and befriended them.
The scammers spoke to the victims in their native language of Cantonese and were able to convince them that one of the three women was a psychic and that she could see harm coming to their family members. They told the victims that in order to protect their families, they had to collect as much cash and valuables as possible and meet them on a street corner. Once they met at the street corner, the “psychic” was going to bless the currency and valuables.
Police state that once the victims gave the women their valuables, the trio of women put it all in a bag and the scammers then used a slight 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 to 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.”
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