The "Blessing Scam or the Chinese Evil Spirits Scam" appears to
target elderly Chinese women.
The premise of the scam is that multiple suspects claim to be
doctors and can help cleanse them of evil spirits.
The victim is then instructed to bring valuables such as gold,
jewelry and cash in a bag to the suspects, which are then
turned over for a "blessing". The victim's bag is returned,
This scam appears to be well organized.
Anyone with information with respect to this scam is asked
o contact the Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Section
at 613-236-1222 ext. 5433.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers
toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS),
or by downloading the
Ottawa Police iOS app.