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8 charged in $40m fortune telling scam

By T.K. Randall
August 21, 2011 · Comment icon 39 comments

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A family of gypsies have been arrested after scamming victims out of a staggering $40m.
The scam involved warning victims that if they didn't follow their advice then disaster would strike them or their families, large sums of money and valuables would then he handed over in the hope of averting their predicted misfortune.
Prosecutors say a South Florida family of gypsies amassed $40 million in a fortune-telling scam, warning victims that if they didn't follow their advice, terrible things would happen to them or their loved ones.


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (39)




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Comment icon #30 Posted by Sevastiel 13 years ago
Paper weights. Nothing holds down a piece of paper quite like a roll of bills. LOL. I'll take your word for it, since I don't have the resources. Gave all mine to a crystal ball reader who accused me of being cheap. Since that's the truth, I figured she was the real deal.
Comment icon #31 Posted by The Unseen 13 years ago
Why not cut their hands off,But a stiff prison sentence would do the trick think about all the murderers that would kill them if they tell their fortune in jail and it aint good.But stupid is as stupid does I think both side should pay a price. You would figure that after $20,000,000 they would have stopped but greed always prevails in things like that,A whole Family of thieves should pay a whole family of pain,and I mean taken out to a desert Island with very little water and food with no shelter with lots of poison bug and scorpions and sharks all around.Society does not need people like tha... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Robert1 13 years ago
Why not cut their hands off,But a stiff prison sentence would do the trick think about all the murderers that would kill them if they tell their fortune in jail and it aint good.But stupid is as stupid does I think both side should pay a price. You would figure that after $20,000,000 they would have stopped but greed always prevails in things like that,A whole Family of thieves should pay a whole family of pain,and I mean taken out to a desert Island with very little water and food with no shelter with lots of poison bug and scorpions and sharks all around.Society does not need people like tha... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by reggie2011 13 years ago
i think these people should loose there money i mean what the hell where they thinking ,ediots
Comment icon #34 Posted by Princess Tumbleweed 13 years ago
One person gave $20 million to gypsies! It reminds me of the Winchester Mansion. This is the story from wikipedia Deeply saddened by the deaths of her daughter Annie in 1866 of marasmus, and her young husband in 1881, Winchester consulted a medium on the advice of a psychic. The "Boston Medium" told Winchester that she believed there to be a curse upon the Winchester family because the guns they made had taken so many lives[citation needed]. The psychic told Winchester that "thousands of people have died because of it and their spirits are now seeking deep vengeance." Although this is disputed... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by little_dreamer 13 years ago
Who was the best-selling author that lost $20 million? Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Comment icon #36 Posted by The Unseen 13 years ago
Wow, that's pretty harsh. I'd just settle for sending them to prison for a good long time. Yep put them in prison where they get free room and free food,Yep put them in prison so people can use their tax money to take care of them,yep that sounds good to me.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Trog 13 years ago
It's hard to believe that this sort of scam can happen in such an advanced country like America to-day , but some Gypsies are so professional at their trade they put their customer (victim) into something like a hypnotic trance . That Winchester story that Princess T . posted raises a very interesting question on morality and accountability for ones actions .... I'm sure a lot of big munition companies that make bombs will have a lot of questions to answer when they reach the afterlife .
Comment icon #38 Posted by Reason101 13 years ago
I'm not even sure that you can use the word "scam" for this ,because what they were doing was so obvious ,or should have been .As far as I can tell it was "hand over the cash or misfortune will follow" not exactly a subtle and clever ploy .I don't think the victims deserved it but they surely can't yell too loud ,when you hand over money for a psychic or fortune teller you are paying for words ,advice ,guesses and hope...that is all you are guaranteed to get..my advice would be phone a friend and get it for free
Comment icon #39 Posted by Omnaka 13 years ago
The scamees should have just come to UM and got their free reading. Love Omnaka


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