Why are psychics surprised to get arrested for fraud?
Posted by Jeff on December 20, 2008
There are times that I almost catch myself thinking of psychics as harmless delusional crackpots that provide entertainment for people with the money to throw away. These times generally don’t last long, however, since it’s always a matter of a very short period of time before I see something like this.
Janet Adams, 42, was arrested Thursday night and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at San Mateo County Jail.
Her alleged victim visited her Psychic and Crystal Vision shop in the Laurelwood Shopping Center in San Mateo “on a lark” in January for a tarot reading, said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County’s chief deputy district attorney.
Adams persuaded her to make return trips, Wagstaffe said. On her third visit, Adams began to shake and cry, telling the woman that her husband would die of a heart attack if she didn’t immediately pay $13,000 for “special prayers,” the prosecutor said.
The woman promptly went to the bank and got the money, authorities said.
Over time, this disgusting skidmark on the underpants of society conned that little old lady out of $80,330! It happened a few months ago in San Francisco as well. Only that time the so-called psychic conned over a hunfred grand out of some woman after convincing her she was ‘cursed’. This type of thing is happening all over the world! These are just two examples of incidents withing a few miles of my house.
People ask what’s the harm? Well, this is the harm. Innocent people who simply don’t know any better or have never been taught critical thinking skills get abused while those of us who know better just sit back and nod knowingly at those poor schmucks and their ‘harmless fun’. The more people who are aware of the dangers of listening to/trusting scammers that call themselves psychics or mediums, the fewer potential vistims these asshats have. Those of us who know how to properly approach these topics need to stop being polite when a friend tells about their ‘psychic experience’. People tend to dislike skeptics and for good reason. A skeptic forces someone to face the idea that their deeply held beliefs might not stand on rational foundations. That is bitter medicine, but necessary to eliminate those who act as a virus on our society. Scammers and con artists have a much harder time selling their bullshit when people are more likely to question their premise.