Costa Rica News – I now that this is not really news in Costa Rica but after hearing about it I had to write something as I have never heard of something so ridiculous. It is so funny Costa Rican are so quick to think someone is trying to pull a fast one on them and are so used to getting stabbed in the back and returning that favor, but they will fall for this.
The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) arrested this morning at a 22 year old “wizard”, (probably did not finish college but got his degree in witchcraft, lol) that stole ¢ 600,000 about $1,200 from a woman to solve her romantic entanglements. (Hmmmm, a Tica with relationship drama, who would have ever though that.)
The alleged fraudster was caught in a condo in Calle Blancos after a two-month investigation following the initial report by the 27 year old woman.
According to the OIJ, this guy posing as a “wizard” published ads in the newspaper for troubleshooting love and relationship problems for people and charged them large sums of money.
The victim made an appointment with the wizard on the phone number that appeared in the ad and told the woman who had inquired that is was ¢ 600,000 to initiate treatment.
The victim paid the sum, but as time passed nothing changed. The victim contacted Solangel the “wizard” again, who this time told her that she will be contacted by the “master wizard”. She then set a new appointment with the “master wizard”.
That day, the victim told the “wizard” that she needed money to solve economic issues. The scammer asked for more money to buy a entire lottery page which is about $10. He said he would keep it in an envelope and pray about the results and then open it a day later.
After the drawing, the woman came to the office of the “wizard” and he asked her to open the envelope finds that remained tightly closed, she opened it, but only the suspect saw what was inside.
The “wizard” then told her that she had won a prize of 100 million colones or about $200,000.
The “wizard” said she had to make some sacrifices in thanks to the spirits who had helped her. For example, the women needed to wait a month to receive the award, but first had to pay 5% of the amount won to him and she did it.
The victim gave him phones, a television, a Nintendo time game….
Of course she never won and lost all her money and the goods delivered to the “wizard”.
This scammer might be a genius though as he was trying to provide his service to a huge specific market in Costa Rica……latinos with relationship drama. That would be about 80% of the population. There was bound to be at least one person that was going to fall for this. Plus I think the lady that was scammed saw Harry Potter a few too many times.