Woman In Virginia Gets Conned Out Of $4,000 By Phony Psychic
Henrico, VA.- Although Brittany Toth, 22, feels that she is book smart thanks to an isolated and abusive childhood, but that it also made her extremely vulnerable.
She is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression at this time in her life.
“I’ve always been very kinda starved for love in a lot of ways because of my upbringing,” says Toth.
Her constant need for attention has gotten her in trouble in the past, even as recently as this summer. She states that she met a guy and fell for him very quickly, and that during her first visit to his house, he gave her a drink and she doesn’t remember anything else after that.
“And then I woke up the next day upstairs,” she says. “I just didn’t want to think that that person had done anything to me. I really didn’t want to think that because I really did care about this person.”
She was so confused and desperate for answers so she decided to call a phone number she saw on an advertisement for West End Psychic. She got through and made arrangements to meet with someone. She had several meetings with a woman named Sherry Williams.
“She said that this person hadn’t done anything to me that he actually loved me a lot. He was just confused about a situation and that she could do a love candle for $190,” Toth recalls. “She told me that I needed a gold tabernacle for $2,000 and she said that I had a dark spirit about me. So she really got me convinced and very paranoid and she got me to stop taking my medication she said you just need to rely on God.”
She says that every time she met up with the supposed psychic, her services became more and more expensive.
Toth shared some of the various text messages that she had with Williams to NBC12, most of them were Williams asking for more money so that she can purchase “equipment” needed. One of those items were meditation candles that she would use to release a spirit of suicide over the life of her ex-boyfriend.
“I need more candles.” The psychic told her on one of the texts.
Toth responded with, “More than 10”
“4 more cause of his family drama,” replied the psychic.
“So 14 total, that’s a lot,” sent Toth
Toth said that in order to pay Williams everything she was asking her for, she took Williams on a shopping spree at Children’s Place to get things for her kids, bought her Kohl’s and Macy’s gift cards, withdrew money from her bank, and even got a cash advance on her credit card.
After all was said and done, the total amount Toth ended up paying the scamming psychic in cash and merchandise was about $4,000.
Toth began questioning the psychic when her promises of decreased anxiety and reconciliation with her boyfriend were not coming to fruition and this is when all communication stopped between the two of them.
“And then when I called her number and I got the automated voicemail instead of her voicemail with her voice and her recording I was like ‘oh my God, she’s blocked me,” says Toth.
An investigator from NBC12’s On Your Side named Eric Phillips contacted Sherry Williams by phone to ask her about this situation.
She answered and when he mentioned Toth and started asking questions, she told him that she had no idea who that was and hung up on him. He tried calling back but she never answered again. He also tried text messaging her, also with no response. He tried seeing her at her storefront but it was closed and when he called the phone number on the door sign, she answered but told him she was too busy to talk with him. He even went to her home address but no one there opened the door either.
Toth is now more stable due to getting back on her medications but is facing a growing amount of debt.
“I think what she does is disgusting because not only is she stealing from people, she’s taking advantage of their weaknesses and she’s pretending to do this through God,” says Toth.
Shortly before Phillips was going to publish his story with the NBC12, Williams finally called him back and stated that Toth gave her a different name during their sessions so that is why she kept saying she did not know who that was. The text messages between the two however showed Williams calling her by that name. She also denied convincing Toth to stop taking her meds.
In this city and state, psychics are not legally required to have business licenses so it is no surprise that Williams’ psychic business does not have one. This could also explain why there are no complaints against her business on the Better Business Bureau.
No charges have been filed against Williams as of yet.
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