Recently Sally Ann Johnson pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to failing to report more than 3.5 million dollars paid to her by an elderly Massachusetts woman who paid Johnson $3,567,000 according to the IRS to perform “spiritual cleaning and healing services to rid her of demons.”  In accordance with a plea agreement, Johnson has agreed to repay all of the $3,567,000 to her victim as well as pay restitution to the IRS for the taxes avoided.  One would think that Johnson would have seen this coming.
I have written many times over the years about phony psychic scams.  Often they begin with letters, email or telephone calls from psychics either offering good fortune or the ending of bad fortune.  The positive psychic scams occur when the psychic promises to share a secret with you that will bring you fame and fortune.  Often the psychic offers to sell you a special good luck charm that is guaranteed to bring you good fortune.    The negative psychic scam occurs when you are told that you are in danger from a demonic force and that if you do not send money to the psychic to ward off the threatening force, something terrible will happen to you.
If you want to believe in psychics, it is your business, but when you receive an unsolicited email, letter or telephone call from someone claiming to be a psychic, it doesn’t take a psychic to predict it is a scam.