This one was popular in Houdini’s day. Part of the blending of cultures is criminals from one area learning the tricks of their new home and pulling them on the unsuspecting and innocent.
Vancouver Police say there may be more victims of a blessing scam or evil spirit scam that has robbed people of significant amounts of cash and jewellery.
Three women have now been arrested in connection with the scam, which came under investigation on July 8.
The Vancouver Police Financial Crime Unit began the investigation into a group of women believed to be involved in the scam, which typically targets elderly Asian women.
Victims are approached on the street by members of the group, who convince them that an evil spirit is following them and will harm members of their family unless a blessing ceremony is performed to remove the spirit. The “ceremony” requires the victim to place all their money and jewellery in a bag to be blessed. When the bag is given back to the victim, they are instructed not to open it for several days and not to tell…
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