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 lost close to $90,000 to the swindler.
Thirteen 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 was not the only one who received complaints about psychic phonies. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission received about 125 complaints last year. Out of those 125 reports, con artists swindled 41 of them 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 reading his ad in a Greek newspaper.
The woman wished to remain anonymous but still shared her experience. She said she started believing in his psychic abilities after he accurately listed her medical problems during the initial reading.
Bamba told her that she had “evil spirits” in her life. He said that for recurring payments of $5,000, he could get rid of them for her. This would supposedly keep her from ever being sick again. He also told her that if she ever stopped making payments to him, bad things would begin happening to her.
He convinced the woman, and she did as she was told. She eventually had to get loans for the money once she ran out of her own.
The Victim Was Too Late In Reporting To The Police
Unfortunately, by the time she decided enough was enough and reported him to the police, it was too late. Bamba had already deserted the place where he was residing. He does have a website with a phone number but when The Herald Sun tried to call it, nobody answered.
Another “psychic” scammed a different Victorian out of $7,500 over two months. This fake also convinced them they needed to pay that money to keep “dire events” from happening to them.
A fraudulent psychic bilked a third woman out of $4,500 over a year. They paid this amount to a clairvoyant who promised to bring her and her partner together.
Claire Noone is the director for Consumer Affairs Victoria. She says 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 terrible is going on in their lives that they could prevent for a certain amount of money.
Often, 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, such as the ones that I have personally encountered and reviewed, but unfortunately, the dishonest, fraudulent ones make the good ones look bad. It’s best to protect yourself and not fall into anyone’s trap.