An Oregon Hispanic community is devastated and angry after a fortuneteller scammed a group of women out of thousands of dollars.
Beaverton police are searching for Mariana Gomez who three Hispanic women say ran off with more than $8,000 of their money after she promised to “fix their pending problems with the evil spirits.”
The women went to the police November 28th, after they realized they had been scammed by Gomez, who had told them that witches and other evils were in their futures.
The tarot reader, who had ads on Spanish-language radio stations, worked out of a home in Beaverton.
Gomez told the women that once the evil spirits were gone they would all get their money back within 40 days. When they had not gotten back their money within that time, they went to Gomez’s rented home, but she was no where to be found.
Spokesperson for the Beaverton Police Dept. Officer Pam Yazzolino said, “We know there are other victims, but because they may be illegal immigrants, they may not want to come forward. These women asked us to get the word out so others would think twice before stepping into this situation.”
Gomez is said to have left the rented home with a male roommate, and the landlord told police that he had not seen either person in some time.
The victims admit it was partially their fault for believing Gomez so whole-heartedly and say they don’t expect to get their money back. However, they do want her ads pulled from the radio so that no one else can be scammed.
Police are still investigating and remain on the lookout for Gomez.