The Scam Targeting Elderly Chinese Women In Perth
Elderly women of Chinese descent are being targeted in what’s known as the Blessing Scam, WA police warn.
The scam, also known as the Ghost Scam or the Ritual Scam, uses cultural and traditional beliefs to generate fear with victims and assure their compliance.
The scam kicks off when the victim is approached by a woman in a public place. The scammer then tells the victim that a member of the victim’s family is in desperate need of medical assistance and they require Eastern Medicine. The victim is then asked if they know any ‘healers’.
The scam escalates when another woman happens to overhear what is being said and offers advice, which leads to the victim being introduced to a third woman who claims to be a ‘healer’.
This third scammer says that the problem is that the victim has angered the spirits.
The ‘treatment’ suggested is to have the victim get their hands on some jewellery or items of high value to be ‘treated in a ritual’.
During the ritual, the group scam the victim by replacing the valuables with low-cost items.
Thing is, these ‘valuables’ are wrapped up and the victim is given instructions not to unwrap the parcel for an extended period of time for ‘treatment’ to work.
Once the victim unwraps the parcel, they find that their valuables have been stolen.
Police are keen to speak to the three women pictured who may be able to assist police with inquiries into a similar scam that happened in the Perth CBD in March.
Any information regarding the identity of these women or anyone who has any information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.