If you're looking for love, it might be best to avoid mediums after it emerged this week that one psychic conned her client out of hundreds of pounds.
The unnamed clairvoyant was found guilty in an Istanbul court of aggravated fraud and jailed for three years after she demanded her client paid her almost £1,000 in order to "unblock" her luck in order to find a loving husband.
The victim, who's identity hasn't been revealed, contacted the manipulative psychic for help in a desperate attempt to find love.
The medium, based in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, promised she'd draw up an astrological chart for the woman in order to help her find love, but said that she must first have her path to good fortune cleared, which the medium could do for just £276 (2,000 Turkish Lira).
Despite forking out the cash, the woman was still unable to find love, so returned to the psychic for further guidance. The medium then told her that her luck was still cursed and extorted a further £500 from her victim.
After a further six months of single life, the woman started to get suspicious and reported the psychic to the police. This lead to her arrest and the hearing at Istanbul's 3rd Criminal Court, accused of defrauding the woman by abusing her beliefs.
After being found guilty, the psychic appealed to the country's Supreme Court, but the verdict and sentence was upheld.
The case isn't dissimilar to that of the notorious self-proclaimed prophet and a televangelist, Peter Popoff, who rose to fame in the 1980s. At the peak of his popularity, he was collecting almost $4 million per year in donations from vulnerable viewers looking for guidance.
One researcher, Fred M. Frohock said that most televangelist "are fooled by their own theology," but in the case of Popoff, "he's fundamentally evil, because he knows he's a con man." The same could be said for the Turkish medium, who knowingly preyed on her clients' vulnerabilities for profit.