• Report: #740984
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Astrology readings by Maria

  • Submitted: Wed, June 15, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, June 15, 2011

  • Reported By: Coolgirlfriend — New York New York United States of America
Astrology readings by Maria
939 8th Avenue New York, New York United States of America

Astrology readings by Maria Maria Psychic Reading Scam New York, New York

*General Comment: Common Sense

*Consumer Comment: Not rocket science.

*Consumer Comment: Psychics

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Hello readers,
I am a very smart professional evolving in New York City and despite my faith in God, my alertness and my multiple degrees, I got caught in a similar psychic fraud! In a span of 1 week, that repulsive devil in disguise was able to extract a total of $960.00 out of me!! I want to share my story as someone elses story prevented me from giving her an additional $9,000.00, which I was about to withdraw from my retirement funds!
The scammers name is Maria She hands out pamphlets in the streets of New York and most frequently hangs out on 7th or 8th Avenue in Times Square, and around Grand Central on the East Side. She has an apartment on 41st Street and 2nd Avenue and does readings out of 939 8th Avenue Suite 200, between 55th and 56th Street and also has another location on 51st and 7th Avenue according to her pamphlet. Her cell phone number for now is 646-643-9149. She is a petite blonde hair gypsy, who seems so innocent but only has evil intentions. [continued below]....
..... I am glad I woke up! Heres how it all happened.
I went to Church on a Tuesday night and was heading to Port Authority when that scammer stopped me on the street asking me for a quick second of my time. She expressed that she does astrology readings and that she was getting some vibes from me and wanted to share it with me for $10.00 I was like $10 dollars! What do I have to loose. Right on the street, she started telling me about my life and she was unbelievably accurate. I could have sworn she could see right through me. She was sensing that I carried myself in a proud way but felt lonely and empty inside at times. She was sensing that I had great chemistry with a man, whose name had 2 syllables. She was also sensing that I had gone through a hard breakup which changed who I was. She also mentioned that I was a great person and that I only wanted what everyone else wants: love, happiness and peace. In retrospect, I am realizing that all the information she was giving me were so generic that most women must fall into her scam and believe her psychic abilities. We all think we are good people. We all want love, peace and happiness. In my age demographic (25-35), it is most likely that we have gone through a bad breakup or are having difficulties in our relationship. She mentioned that she was picking up negative energy around me and that she would like to dig a little further and find out whats been holding me back from true happiness.
We parted ways and stupid me gave her a call the next day as she had really shaken my thoughts with the accuracy of the information she had given me the previous night. She invited me to her office after work, which was located at 939 8th Avenue Suite 200, between 55th and 56th Street. It is a little space in a dance studio. She sat me down, looked into my eyes and mentioned that she was sensing a very strong negative energy around me. That 2 women from my past took something from me and had done some black magic on me because they were envious and jealous of me and my family. She highlighted that they probably took a piece of my hair from a comb. I am from a Haitian background so let me tell you that I freaked out as I heard these types of stories all my life. I suspected someone from my past to have wanted to hurt me and thought that Maria had been sent from heaven as I had met her a few minutes after leaving Church. She told me that she could help me thanks to the powers that God had given her. She only bills for a reading but wanted $90.00 per candles to do the work. She claimed that she would need 3 candles to do the work as the negative energy that surrounded me was extremely strong. I was trying to be careful so I asked her if she could provide me with a receipt and gave her $270.00 that day. Before I left, she asked me to buy 1 red rose and take a bath that night with the petals, pour honey, salt and sugar in my water. She claimed that I would instantly feel better, which I did! I guess I truly always take showers and never take a moment to take a bath. I instantly felt relaxed and thought that this woman only had the best intentions for me. She then asked me to collect the rose petals from the bath tub, dry them and place them in an envelope. She instructed me to place the envelope under my pillow every night until our next meeting.
The next day, she gave me a call and mentioned that she felt that she needed to give me more instructions to move forward with the process. She asked me to take 1 white egg, 1 white pocket square, which I had to write all the things that I truly desired in life on all four corners, 1 small bottle of water, which I needed to blow 3 times in prior to drinking half of it. Lastly, I needed to gather 9 bills of whichever amount of money (she suggested $50 bills) and place them together, facing the same direction. She highlighted that this money wouldnt be money to spend or give but only money that would help uncover what was holding me down. She asked me to put everything in a shoe box and wait for her instructions.
The next 4 days, I kept on questioning myself: Why would someone want to hurt me; Ive never done anything to anyone! Should I trust someone I just met on the street whos telling me that our meeting was not a coincidence but the will of God But then again, she knew so much about me and she knew about my Church! She kept on praising the name of God. How could she praise him and glorify his name if she was evil? That woman became my BFF, called me 3 times a day just to check on me and make sure that I was doing OK. She mentioned that she had started the work and was removing the negative energy from my body, which is why I was feeling better.
 After 5 days of constant phone calls, I decided to trust her. Biggest mistake of my life! I put 9 x $20.00 bills in the shoe box, put it under my bed for one night and brought everything to her on day 6. She invited me to her apartment located on the East Side of New York City, more precisely on 41st Street and 2nd Avenue. She met me at the corner and walked me in the building. There was a security guard downstairs. Stupid me thought that a scammer doesnt live where security is How dumb am I!? She should live in such a building to keep people who finally wake up away from her. Her apartment was cute and cozy. All the chairs and the cabinets were blue and white, which are the colors of peace and health. We sat on the couch and she light a candle and started praying to God that whatever negative energy that was surrounding my spirit goes away. She then put the egg in the white pocket square that I had brought and started rubbing it on my body. All of a sudden, she cracked the egg on the floor and blood poured out. She started yelling, telling me that the egg was a representation of my body and that I had a tumor that was growing in me. The 2 women who had put the spell on me wanted me to suffer for a while and had planted that disease in me where doctors could not see it until it was too late. I was stunned! Blood in the egg I had brought from home?! WTF!!! Thats how she got me to believe in her even more. She mentioned that now that the spirits knew that I was aware of their presence in my body, the disease would spread even faster. The only way we could make this stop would be to make an offering to the spirits and burry all the s**t she had asked me to gather with that offering in a cemetery. I was like What the hell! Im not going to a cemetery to dig a whole and give money to satan. She started yelling at me, telling me that her life and her familys life were now in danger because of me and that I needed to help her control the spell. GUILT TRIP! Now, that woman is telling me that I am putting her people in danger. She even went further by telling me that if I would talk about what I just saw, that I would be putting my own family in danger and that my mother, more specifically, would die. I am very close to my mom and that hit me in my soul. So I asked her what I had to do. She mentioned that she needed $9,000.00!! I was like: WHAT? ARE YOU FOR REAL?! I cant give you $9,000.00!! She said: I know you have it, I can sense that you have it and we need to act fast. You should do a cash advance on your credit card for some of the money and I will advance you the rest as I need to make sure that my kids are not in danger. She ripped the initial $180.00 I had placed in the box before my eyes as she claimed it was evil money. It hurt me so bad but I didnt want to be around evil money either. I was telling myself: How can she be bad if she ripped evil money in front of me? We therefore went out together and I did a cash advance from my credit card of $500.00 I told her that I would need to get the rest from my 401K but that it would take at least 1 to 2 weeks. She told me that she would contact her Church and her sources to gather the rest and put the evil spirits at peace until I could gather the money. WOW! WHAT AN ACTRESS! She deserves a standing ovation.
On my way home, I was like: this is crazy. I was about to put that money down on the house of my dreams and now, I am taking a million steps backwards to fight the evil spirit when I am a child of God. How can I claim that I am a believer of God and think that he would ask me to feed the evil with money I could have given to help a good cause? This didnt make any sense. That night, I couldnt sleep. I felt that that tumor was growing in me. My belly felt warmer than the rest of my body. I WAS FREAKED OUT OF MY MIND!
The next morning, day 7, I called her and told her that I was about to withdraw the money but needed to make sure that there will be no more transactions afterwards as I would not have anything left. She was like I know sweetie; I understand your situation; I just want to help you I tried to go in my 401K account and couldnt find the submit button for some strange reason. Something told me: take a minute and Google psychic scams online. When I did, I saw a few stories similar to mine and even saw a picture of that b***h under a WANTED sign! JESUS CHRIST! I started laughing of joy. Yes, I had spent a total of $960.00 but God came and saved me just in time. I was going to have to reimburse my 401K for the next 5 years and burry my dream of owning a house because of that evil woman who suddenly came into my life and grew like the tumor she was trying to save me from. That is pure work of the devil. She called me twice that day, begging for me to call her back as she was sensing something and needed to talk to me. I called my telephone provider and asked them to block her number from my life. I have been thinking about that last $500.00 I withdrew from my credit card and have wanted to call her and ask it back but I dont want to be around her evil spirit anymore. I just know that her time is coming; she will pay back every dime she ever stole from any innocent souls like mine.
Please use your good judgment and run away. No one else but God, your true friends and your family have good intentions for you. Pray God and ask him to help you see his light. He will never deceive you. He will always love you, cherish you and protect you.

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#1 General Comment

Common Sense

AUTHOR: Xenos - ()

I was thinking that as well. If she was very smart, she would not have fallen for this in the first place. But hey, it's a learning experience (albeit a costly one).

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#2 Consumer Comment

Not rocket science.

AUTHOR: Flynrider - (USA)

Right on the street, she started telling me about my life and she was unbelievably accurate. I could have sworn she could see right through me. "

  This is called a cold reading.  There is nothing magic or psychic about it.  The technique is easy to learn and when combined with some theatrics, is very similar to a very good magician doing an illusion.  It looks like they're performing magical feats, but your common sense should also be telling you that there is a more likely explanation (which there is). 

   In a cold reading, you, the person getting the reading, provide all of the answers.  The scammer merely makes a few opening generalizations (why do people think that every generalization applies specifically to them?) and the subject takes over from there.   Generally, the subject gives more than enough cues and information to provide an amazingly "accurate" reading.  

  Next time you meet a psychic just sit there stonefaced and don't answer any questions.  I guarantee you that your "vibes" will not reveal your secrets.

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AUTHOR: Joseph Brown - (USA)

You blew it in your first sentence claiming to be very smart!
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