Older women who allowed a group of spiritual healers to pray about their money and jewelry are robbed
Older women who have a group of spiritual healers pray about their money and jewelry are stunned when their wealth disappears with them
- Two Melbourne women are said to have stolen money and jewelry from the gang
- The gang pretended to be spiritual healers before they allegedly left with the money
- Crooks instructed victims to heal them by praying about their wealth
- The perpetrators prayed over the packages and then exchanged them
A gang of women claiming to be spiritual healers have scammed unsuspecting Melburnians who thought they could heal them by praying for their money and jewelry.
The female gang targets at least two older women in southern Melbourne.
The victims, both older women from Eastern Europe, are alleged to have been cheated by the gang, which apparently includes at least one older woman.
Detectives have released camera footage and images of three women who they believe could help solve the investigation.
A woman who, according to Victoria Police, can help solve an investigation into a gang of untrustworthy healers
Faith healers are popular all over the world. Venezuelans turned to faith healers when the health care crisis accelerated in 2017
Victims told the police that they stole money and jewelry from a group of women they did not even know.
Both claimed that the group posed as spiritual healers and stated that they could “heal” the vulnerable women.
Detectives have revealed that the gang had instructed the women that the ritual would only work if they packed and handed over their money and jewelry.
The gang further claimed that their magical powers would only work if they prayed for the riches of a certain location.
It was then that the scammers put their cruel plan on the rails.
Detectives claim that their victims were intentionally distracted while exchanging valuable items for their victims.
The gang first struck in Cheltenham – 11 miles southeast of Melbourne – on February 14 in the month before the closure of COVID-19.
Two days later, they struck again in St Kilda – just outside Melbourne’s CBD.
A third woman told investigators that on March 11, she was also approached by a group of women in a similar scenario in South Melbourne.
An older police officer wants to speak about a series of deceptions in Melbourne
A woman is seen at the clinic of Venezuelan spiritual healer “Guayanese Brother” in Petare district, Caracas, on September 25, 2019
Another female police hope to catch up with a scam-healing scam. The police think she might be able to help with their questions
This time they left empty-handed.
Detectives from the Port Phillip Criminal Investigation Unit will hold a press conference on Thursday to call on public help to catch the scammers.
Anyone who recognizes the women is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online www.crimestoppersvic.com.au