Toronto, CA.- Originally, “Rick” consulted 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. He wanted them to become popular locally and internationally, so he kept going back to visit Angel.
Instead, his ex-girlfriend is nowhere to be found, his band remains unknown, and he is about $11,000 poorer.
“Rick” isn’t his real name, he’s just using it to remain anonymous. He’s incredibly embarrassed that this happened to him, especially since he works for the Canadian government. He considers himself an intelligent man and doesn’t understand how this happened to him.
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 psychic and stealing from several clients. This past Wednesday, the same police department warned the public about a trio of women pretending to be psychic and targeting Chinese women. First, they befriend the women, then they trick them out of their money.
Although these people give authentic psychics a bad reputation, it’s important to note that there’s a difference between psychics who break the law and those who abide by it.
The Law Is Gray When It Comes To Psychic Crimes
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 to get money from them.
He also adds that pretending to be a psychic is illegal, but it’s not illegal if you believe you are offering an authentic psychic reading.
In Rick’s case, what happened to him was definitely illegal because Angel scared Rick into believing that an evil spirit was responsible for his problems and that he could remove the spirit with payment.
After Rick replied to the “Angel of Love’s” ad, the scammer told him 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, it’s going to be $900. So I went, and I took $900 from my Visa and gave it to Angel,” Rick recalls.
After paying, the fake psychic told him to drink some liquid from a cup he handed him.
I started barfing. I started barfing right in a cup. Then I told him ‘it’s too much,’ and he said ‘it’s just the start.'”
Rick continued seeing Angel several times following that first visit.
During those subsequent visits, Rick spent another $3,000.
Eventually, the scammer told him to call “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.
Both Men Scammed Rick With No Remorse
This would come with a hefty price, hence the $11,000. Juan assured Rick that Angel would show the evil spirit to Rick once he paid the money and was removed by Juan.
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, without a doubt, the two men scammed him.
However, he’s so embarrassed and doesn’t want to report it 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, and 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, and they’re laughing. They probably got a new car. Oh f***, it’s beyond me now.”
After what Rick went through, you would think he’d be untrusting of psychics now, and however, he states he hasn’t given up on them. His uncle once told him when he was a child that one psychic in a million is the real deal, and ever since his childhood, he’s 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.