A con artist in Orange County, California, has been arrested for stealing $200,000 from a victim by claiming to be a psychic who would protect her from a curse she inherited while inside her mother’s womb. The victim drained her bank account and IRA, bought the scammer $30,000 in gold, and ran up over $100,000 in debt on credit card accounts. Details here.

While I’m glad to see that this criminal is being prosecuted — and hope she not only gets jail time but has to make restitution to her victim — I can’t help but wonder when people will stop falling for crap like this.

Tip: if someone tries to pull something like this on you, tell them that they could make so much more money — a million dollars from the James Randi Educational Foundation, if they just prove they have psychic or paranormal abilities!