SFPD: Beware Of Ghost Scams
The San Francisco Police Department are informing residents about a scam involving the paranormal.
A group of Chinese Women have been scamming victims in the city’s Sunset District, and it seems their ‘activity’ is more criminal then paranormal.
Revolving around such superstitions as curses and lucky charms, the three suspects are cleaning up on the unsuspecting victim according to the SFPD’s public statement on the crimes:
“In the two most recent incidents, a Chinese woman was approached while walking alone by the first suspect who asked if the victim knew where there was an herbal doctor.
The second suspect then approached them and advised that she knew of a herbal doctor and convinced the victim to come with them. The third suspect then approached and told them that she is the daughter or granddaughter of the herbal doctor.
The third suspect advised the victim that she was cursed, had a ghost attached to her and needed to be “purified” along with her valuables. The victim went to her home and bank where she collected her money and jewelry and provided it to the third suspect who placed the valuables in a bag and performed a ritual over the bag.
The suspects provided the bag back to the victim but told her not to look into the bag otherwise the ritual would not work. They also told the victim not to tell anyone about this otherwise the ghost would attach to the other person. When the victim later looked into the bag, the bag contained only newspapers with no valuables. Both victims in these cases were defrauded out of a large amount of cash and jewelry.
During two other cases, a Chinese woman was approached by the first suspect in possession of a jade bracelet. While the first suspect struck up a conversation with the victim, a second suspect approached and told the victim that the jade bracelet was a good luck bracelet and worth a lot of money.
The second suspect continued to tell the victim how her family members would benefit with good jobs and get out of debt with the bracelet.
The third suspect then approached and also raved about the bracelet offering to purchase it. The victim in turn then offered to buy the bracelet. During each of these incidents, the victim was tricked into purchasing the bracelet for a large amount of cash. “
The SFPD also give some good advice in the release about how to avoid being a victim of such a crime in the release:
• Use caution when approached by any strangers under these described circumstances.
• Do not speak to strangers offering good fortune or unusual offers.
• Do not give money or valuables to be “purified”.
However, these incidents feel more like some kind of joke rather then a crime report.
Any adult without a mental disorder should know never ti just trust some strangers offering some intangible service, especially when they ask for large sums of money.
An old saying tells us that there is a sucker born every minute, and when I read sad (yet amazingly hilarious) cases like this one I am inclined to believe it.
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