According to police and a newspaper, a Florida woman is suspected of defrauding at least ten people out of a total of $100,000 by promising to cure their marital problems by “witchcraft services.”
Rosalia, a Spanish-speaking local, carried out her scheme from January to March after advertising her services in the Golden Gate and East Naples areas, according to reports.
The advertisements appeared in free Hispanic publications, radio ads, and on local Hispanic radio channels, and advertised “spiritual/witchcraft services.” According to investigators, flyers were also found in laundromats and supermarkets.
According to a police report collected by the news channel, the advertisement said, “If you’re having an argument with your wife/girlfriend, she can help you with your problems.”
At least four of the victims handed over the money to Rosalia, who said she wanted it to cleanse herself, but never returned it.
According to reports, one man gave Rosalia $29,500 so she could bless and multiply it after she informed police she saw something “dark” in existence.
“The spiritualists, or psychics, often gain the complete confidence and trust of their victims by performing common magic tricks — blood that comes out of an egg, water that turns black or red, needles that come out of a tomato — to bamboozle their victims into believing in the existence of the alleged darkness, negativity, evil, curse. Inevitably, a self-proclaimed spiritualist, or psychic, will claim that through spiritual or psychic powers, he or she alone can vanquish the darkness, negativity, evil, curse by ‘cleansing’ the [victims'] money, which is the alleged cause of the alleged curse.”
She did tell the guy, however, that there was “darkness in the money” and that she needed to cleanse it at her temple.
She started responding to his messages after that, according to the article.
“These schemes often involve self-proclaimed spiritual healers, or psychics, who [size up] vulnerable people and dupe them out of their money by claiming that the people are plagued by darkness, negativity, evil, or a curse,” Mr. Nygaard, a private investigator who specializes in psychic scams shared.
The victim stated to the cops that he did not believe she would take his money.
Call the Naples Police Department at 239–213–4822 or 239–213–4844 if you have any knowledge about the investigation or the name of the suspected perpetrator.