Toronto, CA.- Originally “Rick” had gone to consult with Angel because he wanted to locate his ex-girlfriend.
He saw an ad from a psychic who calls himself the “Angel of Love”. The ad seemed promising, so he replied to it.
Aside from hoping to locate his ex-girlfriend, he also wanted his band to become well known, locally and internationally, so he kept going back to visit Angel.
As of this date, the ex-girlfriend is still nowhere to be found, his band remains unknown, and he is about $11,000 poorer.
“Rick” is not really his real name but he wanted to remain anonymous because he is incredibly embarrassed that this happened to him. Especially since he works for the Canadian government and considers himself to be an intelligent man.
Unfortunately, as we all know, Rick’s case is all too common. Several weeks ago, Toronto police charged a man with fraud for claiming to be witchdoctor and swindling money from several clients. This past Wednesday, the same police department warned the public about a trio of women who target Chinese women and claim to be psychics. They befriend the women first and then they trick them out of their money.
Although these people give authentic psychics a bad reputation, it is important to note that there is a difference between psychics who break the law and those abide by it.
Constable Tony Vella from the Toronto Police Department states that it is not illegal for a psychic to accept payment for a reading; it only becomes illegal when a psychic (or someone pretending to be a psychic) scares someone on purpose so that they can give them money.
He also adds that it is illegal to pretend to be a witch doctor, but it is not illegal if you believe that you are offering a real and authentic psychic reading.
In Rick’s case, what was done to him was completely illegal because Angel scared Rick into believing that there was an evil spirit who was responsible for his problems and that with payment, the spirit could be removed.
After Rick replied to the “Angel of Love’s” ad, he was told to meet him in his office at Dufferin and Eglington West in Toronto. When Rick showed up, it was just Angel and a female assistant.
“To start off it’s going to be $900. So I went and I took $900 from… my Visa… and gave it to Angel,” says Rick.
After giving payment, he was told to drink some liquid from a cup he was given.
“I started barfing. I started barfing right in a cup. I said it’s too much. He said it’s just the start.”
Rick continued seeing Angel several times following that first visit.
During those following visits, Rick spent another $3,000 with them. Eventually, he was told to call a man named “Juan” who lives in Miami and is Angel’s leader. Juan told Rick that he needed $11,000 because Rick’s evil spirit was in “the netherworld” and would only obey Juan’s command; this would come with a large price, hence the $11,000. Juan assured Rick that once the money was paid and the evil spirit was taken care of, Angel would show the evil spirit to Rick in person.
“I took out $8,000 more. It was the most I could get,” Rick says. “I started crying, man. He said ‘OK, enough, we’ll work on it for you.”’
Looking back now, Rick realizes that he was definitely scammed.
However, he is so embarrassed that he does not want to report this to the authorities. He doesn’t even want his coworkers to know about it.
“You could go to the police and all they’d do is laugh,” he says. “What am I supposed to do? What am I supposed to do now? That’s money I don’t even have. I’m paying that back.”
Of course, no evil spirit was ever “captured” or presented to Rick.
“It never happened, never happened,” he laments. “My money’s gone though. They’re happy about it. They’re laughing. Probably got a new car. Oh f***, it’s beyond me now.”
You would think that after what Rick went through, he would be untrusting of psychics now. However, he states that he hasn’t given up on them. His uncle once told him as a child that one psychic in a million is the real deal and ever since his childhood, he has been searching for that one that could change his life.
Rick should report these fake psychics to the police, no matter how embarrassed he might be. Once you’ve been scammed by a fake psychic, the police are the only ones that can help you.