Delmaro/Alvarez had instructed her patsy to wire more money into the account of her partner and husband, Bobby Evans, whom she described as “an assistant” in her “church.”
Eventually, the well-to-do marketing executive became suspicious of the fortune teller, and did some research that led him to a private investigator, Bob Nygaard, who specializes in psychic scams.
“He started seeing someone new, and the psychic began concocting new problems,” Nygaard said.”He started noticing some discrepancies.”
Nygaard said he recognized Evans’ name from a previous investigation. Nygaard had helped cops in Florida bust Delmarco a few years ago on a similar scam, but by the time he got involved in the Brooklyn man’s case, Delmaro had disappeared and the victim was out of $713,975 in cash and jewelry.
“Once someone gets caught in their webs, these psychics are very cunning and ruthless, and defraud these people out of their life savings,” Nygaard said.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, stumbled on the cunning fortune teller two years ago while trying to clear his head during a walk through Times Square.
He gave her $2,500 for an initial reading at the W. 43rd Street psychic shop,
, Nygaard got a tip that Delmaro and Evans were dining at a 6th Avenue steakhouse, and called detectives who were investigating the case.
“It’s very lucrative,” Nygaard said of the scam. “They were living the high life off the victim’s money.”
Um Asmah, a senior commander, said: "IS is not stupid, they have educated people who know how to deal with (the) psychology of others, how to deal with the human being. All these are in IS.
"They have ways to attract people - especially foreigners. Otherwise young British people wouldn't come and say they will change the flag on Buckingham Palace.
"IS have the ability to manipulate the minds of young people. If they can convince foreigners, it is even easier to convince Arabs and Syrians."
Sky reports that the ISIS propaganda machine is in an internet cafe where foreign fighters work shifts around the clock to influence people in different time zones.
Speaking behind a burka, 22-year-old Um Asmah says she was the first person to contact the girls are they crossed the border.
Her role was to introduce new recruits to their new lives, adding that the three British girls were unprepared for life behind the veil. But now she wants out of the terror group, so she can have a normal life she says.
Earlier this month it was reported that the three girls, from Bethnal Green Academy, were on the run from ISIS in Iraq.
The girls, thought to be aged around 16, were married off to IS militants but have since been reported missing, with the terror group now "thoroughly searching for them" after their escape.
The exact location of the girls and their fate is not known.
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