Psychic Allegedly Asks for $500 to Cleanse 'Evil' Woman

The Salem Police responded to the incident Sunday after a woman claimed she was scammed.

Police say a woman reported she was being scammed Sunday after a palm reader allegedly told her she was "full of evil" and asked for money to "cleanse" her. 

At 2:17 p.m., police responded to Derby Street on a call a woman was being harassed. Police said they met the woman who said she went to Fatima's Psychic Studio to have her palm read.  

The customer said she paid $40 to have the service, but during the session, the reader informed the woman "that her body was full of evil and it would cost her more money to get the evil out of her," police said.

When she asked how much it would cost, police said the customer reported she was informed it would be $500. When the woman said "she did not have that kind of money," police said the woman told them the psychic reader kept lowering the price to $100. 

Police said the customer told them she kept trying to leave the room, but the reader "kept pushing the issue that she needs to be cleansed."Police said the woman was finally able to leave the room, and she proceeded to Derby Street, where police met her. 

The woman told the officer that "she felt like she was being scammed," according to police. Police told her not to go back to the business. 

Police said the issue will be forwarded to detectives as well as the Licensing Board for further review.

monumentchild September 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
She did the same thing to my college roommate's mother back in the lat nineties.
thwarted September 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thomas, I'm a former tour guide (history and ghost, and yes, I was licensed) and a local, and I suspect people are rude to you because there are too many people on Essex handing out flyers these days. I can't even walk to CVS without getting accosted by aggressive tour guides. It's like running a gauntlet. (Do a story on that, Salem Patch.)
bogey251 September 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I think she also seals driveways for the elderly.
Thomas Vallor September 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Klassy, I can't respond to your comment so I don't know if you'll get this, but I have no idea! I'm pretty sure it was just a paperwork mistake the new licensing officer made. It ends up that the officer was on vacation for a month so I had to wait for him to get back to appeal the denial. When I finally got to the appeal the officer had changed his mind... or something. I didn't even need to appeal, it became a moot point. Why do you ask?
KlassySalem September 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I was just curious. Saw it in a city council agenda. I often wonder the reasons when they deny people, but they do a lot of that stuff in executive session. It's often to the detriment of the people who they deny, because it leaves it open to speculation on the reason.


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