Odessa Woman Scammed of $11,000 by Tarot Card Reader

Odessa Woman Scammed of $11,000 by Tarot Card Reader

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's not to hard predict the outcome of this. Some fortune tellers and tarot card readers are scamming people out of money in the Basin. One scam cost an Odessa woman $11,000.

An Odessa woman heard an ad on a local radio station advertising tarot card reading from a woman named Krisna. But even before she gave her the money, she says Krisna crossed the line.

With all the money here in the Basin, police say that makes our area a magnet for scams, especially in businesses like these.

"I could see my husband real down because he's an active man. It's like he was just sleeping all the time," The Odessa woman said.

The Odessa woman, who did not want to speak on camera, says she and her husband went to a home in the 1800 block of Santa Monica in Odessa after hearing an ad on a local radio station.

"They are targeting people that are going through hard times in their life. They'll gain their trust, then they'll take advantage of them," Public Information Officer for the Odessa Police Department, Cpl. Steve LeSueur, said.

The woman has been to tarot card readers before, but this one, she says was a whole lot different.

She claims Krisna took advantage of her husband.

"She would rub him, and she said he needed to be cleaned with an egg. Girl, she did, but when she was doing that she touched him in the private parts. I kept looking and I was like, 'what?'" The Odessa woman said.

The woman claims Krisna demanded $20,000 to help solve their problems.

"She goes, if y'all trust me and have faith in the Lord, give me the money and I'll take it to the church so it will be doubled," the Odessa woman said.

The couple gave up all they had, $11,000. When they returned to the home two days later to get the $22,000 they were promised, Krisna was gone.

"What we've seen is they'll come, they'll rent houses, they'll get all their money, then they'll take off. Then they'll vanish," LeSueur said.

Our attempts to contact the tarot card reader go unsuccessful.

NewsWest 9 asked the woman if she would return to a tarot card reader and she said, "never again."

According to the victim, Krisna is a slender woman with brown curly hair that travels in a group with a younger woman, a man and an old woman as well.

Police say if you are scammed, always file a police report.

If you wish to seek tarot card services, you can always do a background check by calling the Better Business Bureau.

Most importantly,police say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.