Fortune Teller Sydney: Mom’s Nightmarish Encounter

For most Aussies they’re just a bit of fun and a possible laugh, but there’s a growing sinister side to some of the light-hearted entertainment people seek out.

Stroll through the shopping districts of the working-class suburbs and you can’t help but see the bright yellow signs touting fortune tellers who say they can solve all sorts of problems, marital dramas, legal troubles and financial problems.

“I just went through a divorce and a recent car accident, so when mom and I saw one of those signs, I thought, ‘Why not,'” Panoom said. A topical matter.

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She and her mother were approached by one of Pandit Valmiki Krishna’s acolytes, who brought her to the small divination shop in an old alley in Liverpool, Sydney’s west.

The suburb has half a dozen fortune tellers – all with the same signage – and is suspected of working for a central organization.

“I paid $30 for a manual reading and Mr. Krishna told me that I had a bad curse on me and black magic was causing all my problems,” Poonam said.

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“He said it had to be removed or my children’s lives were in danger.”

Shortly after, Poonam handed over an additional $830 which was demanded to rid her of the curse.

“These are my children and this man was telling me that their lives were in danger, what should I do?

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But his simple palm reading wasn’t over.

“Mr. Krishna told me that he and another master fortune teller should come to my house to do some more black magick work because this evil spirit was very strong,” she said.

She reluctantly agreed.

Once there, they put on quite the show, squeezing lemons, spraying fake blood, and removing small statues of evil spirits.

“For this they demanded another $21,000. I told them I didn’t have that money and they told me to sell my car, sell my jewelry and other belongings,” Poonam said.

She alleged that they gave her a drink and she was not feeling well and the next minute Poonam said she transferred the money from her account to Krishna.

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Suburbs around Australia are littered with these fortune telling shops and they keep on increasing.

They are particularly appreciated by members of Indian communities.

When Poonam’s life didn’t change for the better and under pressure from her mother, who told her it was all wrong, she asked for her money.

When she threatened to go to the police, Krishna gave her back about half of what she paid, but she still has $12,000 out of her pocket.

“What was supposed to be a bit of fun turned into a nightmare,” Poonam said.

“I only did it because he told me my children were going to die.

“What would a mother do if told that? »

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