By Kevin Deutsch
A woman purporting to be a Tamarac psychic swindled three men out of more than $53,000 in cash and gold jewelry after she promised to double their money using a special ritual, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The victims, whose names are being withheld under Marsy’s Law, told deputies the woman wore a brown wig, used a COVID face covering, and identified herself only as “Elizabeth.” With her female assistant present, she said she would perform a special ritual to “bless” their current wealth and “double it,” according to a BSO investigation report.
Instead, the mens’ visits ended with their pockets empty and Elizabeth in the wind, deputies said.
According to BSO, the con began after the first victim, 53, “heard an ad on the radio about a psychic who could turn people’s fortunes around for the better so; naturally, he decided to try this skilled psychic’s abilities on himself,” deputies wrote, with a bit of tongue-in-cheek.
On July 30, that victim went to the Tamarac address given during the 92.3 FM radio ad: commercial space in the 5400 block of N. State Rd. 7, the report states. There, he forked over $350 to Elizabeth in exchange for a palm reading.
“In the session, Elizabeth apparently won [his] trust with her abilities, to the point that she offered him a special ritual to bless his current wealth and double it by performing a specific ceremony,” deputies wrote.
According to the report, the victim handed Elizabeth $6,400 more in cash and $10,460 in gold jewelry, which she said she would bless and return to him no more than two days later.
She told the second victim, 45, and the third victim, 57, the same thing after they gave her $20,240 in cash and about $1,700 worth of gold jewelry, and $2,240 in cash and $12,626 worth of jewelry, respectively, the report states.
The men never heard from Elizabeth or her assistant again; they told BSO.
After the second day of not hearing back, they phoned her and visited her office. But the phone was shut off, and no one was at the property, records show.
One of the victims hired a Miami-based private investigator to track Elizabeth down. He told deputies.
The men reported the crimes to BSO on Aug. 7. No arrests have been announced as of Aug 25.
Concerning the fraud, BSO’s Economic Crimes Unit offered the following advice to the public:
“If a financial offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Always seek the advice of a licensed financial professional. Think critically and ask for advice before making important financial decisions. When making important financial decisions, make sure you get the full name, title, and phone number/email of the person you’re dealing with…Don’t be pressured into making an important financial decision. Trust your instincts. Take time to think through the process and weigh your options.”
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.