Blessing scammers bilk SF woman of $5K, convince her she has cancer

An Asian woman in the Sunset was scammed out of thousands of dollars by a trio who convinced her she had cancer and with her money they could cure her, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Such scams, known as blessing scams, usually involve scammers who convince oldervictims they or their family are sick. The scammer says the illness can be cured if a large amount of money is temporarily handed over and blessed.

In this case, three suspects — two men and a woman— first approached the victim on July 11 and asked her how to find a nearby healing salon.

By the time they were done with the scam, the trio had convinced the woman to give them $5,000 by telling her she had cancer. The trio convinced her they had the cure and even promised to return the money, but they did not.

“The San Francisco Police Department urges older members of the Chinese community to be suspicious of strangers claiming to provide relief from a curse, an illness, or who provide ‘purification’ ceremonies in which cash and valuable items must be offered as part of the process,” according to the news release.


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