Melbourne, AU. – A woman from the Melbourne area was one of a large number of victims who were scammed out of thousands of dollars by a supposed “psychic”; this victim in particular lost close to $90,000 by this swindler.
13 complaints were received by Consumer Affairs Victoria, all related to psychic scams just in the past year alone. They estimate that the number is much higher but unfortunately, not all victims come forward to report the fraudulent psychic.
Consumer Affairs Victoria were not the only ones who received complaints about psychic phonies; the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission received about 125 complaints last year.
Out of those 125 reports, 41 of them were swindled out of nearly $445,000!
A 51-year-old woman from Alphington reported that a man claiming to be a spiritualist, named Habib Bamba, stole her entire savings in a matter of seven months. She initially went to see him for a $50 consultation after she read an ad of his in a Greek newspaper, back in March.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, states that she started believing in his psychic abilities after he accurately began listing her medical problems to her during the initial reading.
Bamba told her that she had “evil spirits” in her life and that for recurring payments of $5,000 he could get rid of them for her, which would then keep her from ever being sick again. He also told her that if she ever stopped making the payments to him, bad things would begin happening to her.
The victim was convinced by him and did as she was told, eventually having to get loans for the money once she ran out of her own.
Unfortunately for the victim, by the time she decided enough was enough and reported him to the police, Bamba had already deserted the place where he was residing.
He does have a website, which includes a phone number to reach him, but when the news company Herald Sun tried to call that number, nobody answered.
A different Victorian was scammed out of $7,500 over the period of two months by a different “psychic” who convinced her that they needed to pay that money in order to keep “dire events” from happening to her and her family.
A third woman was bilked out of $4,500 over the course of one year when they paid this amount to a clairvoyant who promised to bring her and her partner back together.
Claire Noone, the director for Consumer Affairs Victoria, says that fraudulent psychics prey on the victims’ insecurities and know which of their customers are more vulnerable than others. They usually always frighten them by telling them that something bad is going on in their lives that they could prevent for them for a certain amount of money.
A lot of times, they will also threaten their victim by telling them that if they do not pay them or stop making payments to them, something tragic will happen to them or their loved ones.
Anytime you have a reading with any psychic, you should always question whether the things the psychic is saying could be true for anyone, and remember all the little things you tell them during the reading that they could read more into than you are aware of. There are good, honest psychics out there, such as the ones that I have personally encountered and reviewed, but unfortunately the dishonest, fraudulent ones make the good ones look bad and it is best to protect yourself and not fall into anyone’s trap.