Palm reader Tracey Milanovich  was recently arrested and charged with scamming a Somerset, Massachusetts woman out of $71,000 after convincing the woman that her daughter was possessed by a demon.  Police allege that Milanovich convinced her victim that if she paid Milanovich $71,000, she would be able to “banish the spirit from her daughter”  according to police.    I have written about similar scams for years.  In 2013 four people were convicted of grand theft charges in San Francisco involving a scam that has become known as the “Blessing scam.”  The scam starts when elderly people are approached on the street by the scammers who start up conversations in which the scammer informs the victim that the scammer is a clairvoyant and that the scammer foresees  horrible events, such as deaths of household members unless the victim gives the scammer, money and jewelry to scare the evil spirits.   Too many times, vulnerable people have fallen for this scam and given the scammers what they asked for.  More recently in 2017 Sally Ann Johnson was convicted in federal court in Boston of 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.”

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.

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Phony clairvoyants and psychics have been using their “powers” to steal the money of unwary people for thousands of years.    As always, the best remedy for a scam is to not be scammed in the first place.  Never pay someone to scare away bad spirits.  The scammers who do this kind of scam are very convincing so the most important thing you can do is to not get involved with them in any fashion.

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