Fortune-telling con artists used Google, Facebook

Two fortune tellers convinced their clients that they knew everything about them by doing searches on them through Google and Facebook – and then pretending to see the information in a crystal ball.

According to the Austrian Times, two of Romania’s top witches, Vanessa, 26, and Melissa, 32, made a fortune providing spells to protect clients from the devil. They seemed to have the magical ability to know everything about their clients thanks to the power of their crystal ball and the fact that dead people seemed to be in breach of any privacy policy.

However, what the pair did was use surveillance equipment to gather data on their customers, which they would then pretend had been transmitted to them from the spirit world. 

After spying on their customers and doing lots of Google and Facebook searches they would plug in their crystal ball and tell the punter what they had been doing for the last 24 hours.

Victims paid large sums to speak to dead relatives and gain protection from evil forces, thinking that the Roma women were genuine mystics.

One was persuaded to take thousands of pounds and go to a nearby lake for a midnight ritual. She had been told that she had to release herself from the burden of her money and throw it all in the lake.

When she hesitated, a demon emerged from the water and she flung all the cash into the lake and fled.

Romanian police discovered that the demon was a friend of the women who had put on diving gear and a mask to terrify the unsuspecting victim to parting with the cash.

What caused the scheme’s downfall was when they were charged with fraud, they bribed a local prosecutor to get the charges dropped.

However, the police had been looking at their own Tarot cards and predicted this would happen, as the prosecutor was under suspicion for dropping a few too many cases lately.

Rather than summoning a demon to watch him, the cops had taken a leaf from the Roma’s book and just bugged his office. All three were arrested.

As Inspector Knacker of the Romanian Yard pointed out, if the women had been any good they would have known that the office was bugged and not tried to bribe the prosecutor.

As well as fraud, the pair are also facing charges under the National Security Act for using illegal surveillance equipment.