Edmonton woman says she lost $80,000 to ‘astrologer’ she met on Kijiji

Edmonton woman says she lost $80,000 to ‘astrologer’ she met on Kijiji

An Edmonton woman says she was bilked out of $50,000 in cash and $30,000 in gold by an astrologer who told her she was under a black magic curse. Legal assistant Manpreet Deol, 31, said the money represented her life savings. She had planned to use it to make a down payment on a home. The Edmonton Police Service is investigating Deol’s claim that she was scammed. Earlier this week, city police issued a warning about…

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Wicked witchcraft: Edmonton police warn about phony astrologers, psychic readers

Wicked witchcraft: Edmonton police warn about phony astrologers, psychic readers

That old black magic got one Edmonton victim in its spell, police say, and recently cost someone in the city $100,000. City police say they’ve received numerous reports of fraudsters who pose as astrologers and psychic readers. Some victims have forked over money after they were led to believe they were cursed with black magic or witchcraft. In a recent investigation, one Edmontonian was tricked into paying up to $100,000 in cash and gold to chase away the…

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Alleged witchcraft practitioner pleads guilty to fraud

Alleged witchcraft practitioner pleads guilty to fraud

A man charged with practicing witchcraft plead guilty to one count of fraud in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday. Murali Muthyalu, 37, allegedly defrauded a man $100,000 after claiming he could heal a sick relative by removing their evil spirits. Muthyalu is a visitor from India and has been given permission to leave Canada but cannot re-enter for a period of three years.He has also been ordered to pay the victim, Safet Malo, $67,100. Read…

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Psychic hit with witchcraft charge after man pays $101K to remove evil spirit: Toronto police

Psychic hit with witchcraft charge after man pays $101K to remove evil spirit: Toronto police

Toronto police say a psychic has been pretending to practice witchcraft, fraud over $5,000 and extortion after a customer allegedly paid more than $100,000 to have an “evil spirit” removed. Investigators say the accused Murali Muthyalu, 37, advertised his services as an astrologer and psychic in February and March. They allege Muthyalu told a 44-year-old man that his family member had been the victim of an evil spirit. Read more at Toronto Police This article is…

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Brampton man arrested in spiritual scam after cleansing woman’s money, jewellery of ‘evil spirits’

Brampton man arrested in spiritual scam after cleansing woman’s money, jewellery of ‘evil spirits’

A Brampton man has been arrested and charged after allegedly defrauding a woman of $61,000 in cash and jewellery in what police are calling a ‘spiritual scam.’ Peel police allege Darshan Dhaliwal told a Brampton woman that he had won a lottery and was lucky because he was ‘very close to God.’ Remove evil spirits by praying Investigators say he convinced the woman to give him a large quantity of money so that he could bury it in…

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What is psychic fraud? Scheme explained in short animation

What is psychic fraud? Scheme explained in short animation

Investigation Counsel PC handles numerous psychic fraud claims. But what does it actually mean? This animation explains the scheme and what victims should know. A collaboration between Canadian Fraud News Inc. and Investigation Counsel PC: www.investigationcounsel.com Thanks for watching!  

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Man posed as spiritual healer, defrauded clients with his wife

Man posed as spiritual healer, defrauded clients with his wife

Police west of Toronto say a husband and wife duo has been charged with fraud after the man allegedly posed as a spiritual healer and accepted money for his services. She allegedly used her position as a case worker for Peel Region’s Ontario Works Assistance Program to introduce clients to her husband, the “spiritual healer”. Police also allege the woman manipulated clients into applying for benefits that they didn’t apply for. They allege she would then…

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‘Psychic’ mail fraud scheme tied to Canada shut down

‘Psychic’ mail fraud scheme tied to Canada shut down

The U.S. Department of Justice has shut down an international psychic direct mail scheme that it alleges bilked “vulnerable” Americans out of more than $180 million (U.S.) with guarantees of winning lottery numbers and a “New Life.” Connected to the scheme are two alleged French psychics and Infogest Direct Marketing, a Montreal company with a decades-long history of involvement in questionable schemes. A spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office told the Star that Canadians were also targeted,…

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Frauds by Spiritualists and Psychics – Conscious versus Unconscious Fraud

Frauds by Spiritualists and Psychics – Conscious versus Unconscious Fraud

The Toronto Star published a story yesterday titled “US Prosecutors Say They’ve Shut Down a Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme Tied to Canada”.[1]  It states that Canadians were targeted in a psychic direct mail scheme it alleges scammed at least one million Americans out of more than $180 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said they all sent small sums of money for services and products, which included a “mysterious talisman with the power to attract LUCK and MONEY.”…

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Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics

Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics

A little-used law that cracks down on “pretend witchcraft” remains in force more than a century after its enactment, but cities across Canada are still crawling with sham conjurers, fake sorcerers and fraudulent psychics. “I think the rarity of the charge comes down to the rarity of people coming forward,” said Detective Constable James Turnbull of Toronto police. “You’re trying to explain to people that they’ve been victimized and they don’t believe you; they believe the…

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