Woman Loses $10K in Jewelry to Psychic Scammer on Upper East Side: NYPD

DNA Info, New York/August 23, 2017

By Shayne Weaver

Upper East Side — A woman claiming to be a psychic stole nearly $10,000 in jewelry from an Upper East Sider as part of a scam to "cleanse" the valuables of evil spirits, police said.

The victim contacted the suspect July 28 and asked her to come to her East 83rd Street apartment. When the so-called psychic arrived around 1:40 p.m., she told the victim to give her jewelry so that she could cleanse the items of evil spirits, promising to return the goods a week later, police said.

The psychic never returned with the jewelry, which totaled $9,950 and included a $5,000 gold necklace, a $3,000 pair of white gold earrings, five bangles worth $200, a Gucci sterling silver watch worth $500, an $800 amethyst ring, one sterling silver crystal hoop earring worth $175, and various earrings totaling $275, according to the NYPD.

Police are still investigating the theft, they said.

The scam has claimed other victims, including a Columbia student who was swindled out of $2,500 earlier this year

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