The traditional Mafia might threaten to relocate us to sleep with the fishes.
One of the best known had been Rose Marks. Now in federal prison with a 10-year-sentence she bilked clients of her fortune-telling business. That totaled $17.8 million.
Psychics' ability to defraud clients is rooted in the reality that most seek their services when in some kind of distress. The suffering could be related to romance, professional setbacks or even death of a pet.
That pain is the psychic's platform to cast spells.
Sometimes the influence over us is tame. We simply long to "talk with our psychic." We beg for an appointment and tip big.
Or the power over us could be cartoonishly obvious. For $1,000, the psychic will remove the hex an enemy has placed on us. The brazen ones will threaten to put a jinx on us unless we pay $2,500.
Once we realize we have been conned usually we are too ashamed to report that to the police. We simply stop what could be called the "psychic habit." And the criminals are never arrested.
Another reason why there is too much crime in paranormal activity is that it is difficult for law enforcement to be credible in warning consumers about crooked psychics. After all, there are truly those who have the gift to see into the future. And the authentic ones come in all kinds of packaging.
In addition, many psychic services have the disclaimer that they are only for entertainment purposes.
The most law enforcement probably can do is instruct us to use common sense. They can provide an example which might sound hilarious:
"If a psychic requests $1,343 to remove a spell your co-worker put on you, turn on a recording device. Leave without handing over the funds requested. Report that to the local police station."
In these uncertain times, more of us will seek out a psychic. The common-sense thing to do is to ask those in our networks for a referral. Even the most seemingly "sensible" have likely put in time with a number of psychics. It's setting ourselves up to be conned to just bop into any psychic.
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