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Arlington Heights woman charged with psychic-services scam

There are 27 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 18, 2008, titled Arlington Heights woman charged with psychic-services scam. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

An Arlington Heights woman who posed as a fortuneteller fleeced victims out of tens of thousands of dollars by promising to drive away evil spirits, authorities said Thursday.

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#1 Dec 19, 2008
Sounds just like organized religion. Ask for money and offer
false hopes.

“Death to humans!”

Since: Jul 08

A long way from here...

#2 Dec 19, 2008
If you're dumb/gullible enough to fall for something like this, you get what you deserve.

Her only mistake here was promising to give the money back.
Rocket J Squirrel

Pikeville, TN

#3 Dec 19, 2008
the stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me!

Since: Dec 08

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#4 Dec 20, 2008
Maybe the evil spirit leaving was her to another location.
Dana

Fox Lake, IL

#5 Jan 26, 2009
there is another fake psychic in downtown arl. hts. named susan. she was such a joke.everything she had said was wrong.always trying to get money out of you, i wasn't falling for it.she is a total fake.
Flabbergasted

Schaumburg, IL

#7 Jan 26, 2009
Dana wrote:
there is another fake psychic in downtown arl. hts. named susan. she was such a joke.everything she had said was wrong.always trying to get money out of you, i wasn't falling for it.she is a total fake.
But you still went? And you paid money? And you can't believe she got it wrong?

She wasn't wrong at all.... she sure saw YOU coming!

Since: Dec 08

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#10 Apr 8, 2009
While i'm not in total agreement with the censorship of the Yellow Pages over Neg comments i can appreciate why its done.
One of the biggest complaints in here is all the negative comments being made.
Why should the Yellow Pages be any different then in here ?
Truth ? The real truth is satisfied customers seldom post but unsatisfied customers will always post. So is that a true representation of any business ?
No business ever 100% satisfies every customers. Should they really get a bad reputation based on the few unsatisfied customers who post ?
By the same flip is it truth if only satisfied comments get posted.
I had some electrical work done last year while the work was good it took twice as long as it should have. Do i praise him for the quality or blast him for being lazy ?
As for psychic's thats all nonsense. If they had a clue they would be at the race track or playing the lottery and making a fortune. Anyone foolish enough to spend money on them deserves to be ripped off. And thats the truth.

Since: Dec 08

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#12 Apr 11, 2009
I do my best to avoid the association of evil people. So i won't be making that call. Besides since the call itself is your idea its best you do it. You also seem to know her personally and i don't.

I find comments written about any business to be helpful only if both positive and negative comments are posted. I'm suspicious when i only see one side represented. If i'm really that suspicious i'll look to more then one source to determine if i want to spend my hard earned dollars there.
thingy

El Paso, TX

#13 Apr 11, 2009
Give me a break. People went to see her for some strange reason. Let's fine them for falling for such nonsense, and expecting someone else to take care of their problems.

Since: Dec 08

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#14 Apr 11, 2009
thingy not sure what you are saying.
Lets fine them for falling for such nonsense ??
So we should fine everyone who gets cheated out of their money ? That doesn't make sense.
If you hire someone to fix your roof and it still leaks then you should be fined because you expected them to take care of your roof ?
thingy

El Paso, TX

#15 Apr 11, 2009
Original Village Idiot wrote:
thingy not sure what you are saying.
Lets fine them for falling for such nonsense ??
So we should fine everyone who gets cheated out of their money ? That doesn't make sense.
If you hire someone to fix your roof and it still leaks then you should be fined because you expected them to take care of your roof ?
What? You are going to compare a seer, who claims she can chase away the evil spirits to a professional business? My comment was a bit tongue- in- cheek, but if you're gullible enough to believe she can do what she says, then no sympathy for you. People can check out businesses before they hire that business. Who ya gonna call to verify her claims? Is it SATAN??

Since: Dec 08

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#16 Apr 11, 2009
you that dense ?
I'm totally AGAINST people like her !
i wasn't talking about good businesses either.
I was saying there's no difference legally between some Madam Zelda bilking you out of money and some phony home repair scam artist bilking a senior citizen out of their life savings. Both are a crime under the same laws.
Both are committing a crime.
thingy

El Paso, TX

#17 Apr 11, 2009
Original Village Idiot wrote:
you that dense ?
I'm totally AGAINST people like her !
i wasn't talking about good businesses either.
I was saying there's no difference legally between some Madam Zelda bilking you out of money and some phony home repair scam artist bilking a senior citizen out of their life savings. Both are a crime under the same laws.
Both are committing a crime.
Calm down Village Idiot. I didn't mean you personally. Hiring someone to do work on your house is not the same as going to see a seer. Do you really want to equate the two? One is a total fraud. The other: people need to do some research, before hiring a company. Yeah, there are scammers in any business, but, I'm gonna go out on a limb here; You are gonna get screwed every time you go to a seer. Now don't take that personally.
Dr Sardonicus

Buffalo Grove, IL

#18 Apr 11, 2009
Dana wrote:
there is another fake psychic in downtown arl. hts. named susan. she was such a joke.everything she had said was wrong.always trying to get money out of you, i wasn't falling for it.she is a total fake.
Wait- a fake psychic? As opposed to what- a "real" psychic? Anyone who would allow a "psychic" to separate them from their money deserves it.
Winnywho

Winnipeg, Canada

#19 Apr 13, 2009
I was under the impression that most psychics were in the art of entertaining not forecasting the future in any real sense.
MsPeg

Denver, CO

#21 Oct 22, 2009
Not so sure you would be able to judge something until you knew one side and then the other. I am a Psychic Medium, and I am "real" as you put it, and I dont bilk people for their money. I woirk hard, I study, Im well learned and I dont lie to people. True gifts are not a joke, and they shouldnt be used to harm anyone. If indeed this woman in question is doing all of the things she is accused of, then by all means, she should not be able to live in that manner. You are right tho, unsuspecting people looking for answers, unbalanced and scared about their life decisions can easily be mislead. I hope with all of my soul they find someone such as myself, as opposed to a tried and true con artist. Of course, all of this my humble opinion.

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#23 Nov 22, 2009
dopes who go to psychics deserve what ever they get can u say ' suckers '
Tonya M

Garland, TX

#24 Jan 15, 2011
There are some really devious psychic characters in Dallas, Texas. These so-called psychics will take all your money in due time. I have a very good friend whose father was taken for huge amounts of money after his wife passed away and he went to see a psychic for help. Why did he seek out a psychic is a question I ask myself over & over again. The answer I received from my girlfriend was the father was lonely and he was not in good physical condition worrying more and more about his health. He was under the impression this psychic was going to help him. I wonder how they could possibly help him? They told him that there were extremely bad evil spirits causing his sickness and they could rid him of these evil spirits. they soon became a good friend to him managed to bring in many family friends to help with these spirit cleansing. All of those psychic family friends got involved to help the psychic with her chants and such. My girlfriends father lost a great deal and he also co-signed for a brand new vehicle for that psychic. There is so much more to the story but I see these psychics as the scum of the earth and very devious individuals who do not care about those folks and their health, except for how much money they can bilk them for. Please beware of these so-called psychic frauds folks! The psychic I'm referring to works in Dallas with a couple of others and goes by a name of Nicole or Cathy. She is being investigated by a group of folks dedicated to bringing justice to those who have been taken advantage of. Be careful people.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#25 Jan 15, 2011
Real psychics never get arrested....
Buzz off

Elk Grove Village, IL

#26 Jan 16, 2011
If someone is turning to garage psychiatry then you are a sad lot. To lack self respect so much that one would listen to some witch in a basement is truly strange and stupid.

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