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blessing scams

hood, fabio
The Richmond is full of posters warning Chinese residents against blessing scams. They're a con in which a "psychic" comes up to you on the street and warns you that your family is being attacked by evil spirits. They offer to place a blessing of protection over your family, but they need you to bring them your jewelry and cash savings to use as a focus for the spell, and... you can imagine where this is going.

The message on the poster is "AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL GEORGE GASCÓN: BEWARE OF BLESSING SCAMS." (I assume the Chinese part says the same thing. maybe not.) I'm not sure if that's the message that will really carry the most weight with potential victims. I'd think you'd want something like:

"AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM [local Buddhist priest]: No qualified priest or spiritually enlightened individual will ever ask for your valuables or personal belongings. If you believe you are under attack by evil spirits, go directly to your local temple for assistance."

In other words, basically the same as a phishing warning.

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nfnitperplexity
Aug. 14th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
Like.
amadea
Aug. 14th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Seriously! Because the Attorney General is obviously such an authority on spirit attacks.
inhumandecency
Aug. 15th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I think they're going for a message like "don't be a superstitious yokel who believes in spirit attacks" when they could go with the much more parsimonious "these people are liars who will steal your shit."
amadea
Aug. 15th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Like.
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