Wednesday, November 25, 2020

December 12 - Combating Fortunetelling Fraud (aka Psychic Fraud)

Presented by Bob Nygaard

Saturday, December 12, 2020
1:30 pm (Online Virtual Talk)

The link to view the live stream of this talk is

Fortunetelling fraud (aka Psychic Fraud) is a prevalent problem in the world. It is a certain species of fraud whereby self-proclaimed psychics emotionally abuse and financially exploit vulnerable people who are experiencing problems in their lives, bilking them out of billions of dollars each year under the guise of providing assistance.

Private investigator Bob Nygaard will explain how he builds a criminal case against self-proclaimed psychics who commit fortunetelling fraud, in order to cause these con artists to be arrested, charged, and successfully prosecuted. Additionally, he will enumerate the impediments that often exist when trying to bring self-proclaimed psychics to justice and the strategies that he employs in his efforts to protect society and make victims whole.

Bob Nygaard is a retired NYC cop (NYC Transit Police District-3 ) (Nassau County NY Police ), turned-private investigator, turned actor, who specializes in the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of non-traditional organized crime suspects. Nygaard specializes in debunking and causing con-artists, most notably self-proclaimed psychics, to be arrested and he has recovered millions of dollars for fraud victims around the world. Nygaard has appeared on ABC News' 20/20, Crime Watch Daily, The Dr. Oz Show, The Security Brief with Paul Viollis podcast, Nancy Grace, German TV show Achtung Abzocke, and numerous other news and radio broadcasts, as an expert in confidence crimes. A short documentary entitled NYGAARD has been filmed about his work. The documentary is a self-reflective account of Nygaard's work helping the victims of psychic fraud. Nygaard's first role as an actor in a SAG-AFTRA production came in the CBS true-crime TV series Pink Collar Crimes, in which he portrays himself. 

Shadow of a Doubt - November 2020

  • Public lecture - "In a World ... A Hollywood View of Planets" presented by Caitlin Ahrens, PhD
  • Message to members - Extension of membership
  • December 2020 lecture - Bob Nygaard, a private detective who specializes in the investigation of confidence crimes, most notably psychic fraud.  Saturday, December 12 at 1:30 PM ET, live on the NCASVideo YouTube channel.
  • James Randi passes. 
  • Belgian Skeptics seek crowdfunding.
  • AmazonSmile helps NCAS. 
  • ShadowLite
  • Time to renew? 

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Monday, October 12, 2020

November 14 - In a World…A Hollywood View of Planets

Presented by Caitlin Ahrens, Ph. D.
NASA Solar System Ambassador

Saturday, November 14, 2020

1:30 pm (Online Virtual Talk)

The link to view the live stream of this talk is

In this presentation, Dr. Caitlin Ahrens will explore the changing views of planetary sciences through cinematic history, venturing across fascinating planetary landscapes, first on the silver screen, and then again in real planetary photographs. She will also discuss “dangerous” planets and their prospects for astrobiology.

Dr. Ahrens is a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, studying lunar ices and impact craters. She also produces the “Scratching the Surface” weekly segment (and forthcoming podcast) about planetary science news for KUAF-FM, the NPR station in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Named one of the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by JCI USA, Dr. Ahrens volunteers as a “NASA Solar System Ambassador,” communicating the science and excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and discoveries with the people in their communities.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Shadow of a Doubt - October 2020

  • October 10- Lecture: Synchronicity, Presented by Paul Halpern, PhD
  • November 14 Lecture: Caitlin Ahrens, PhD will talk on "In a World ... A Hollywood View of Planets."
  • Message to Current and Prospective NCAS Members
  • Robert L. Park: NCAS Mourns the death of long-time friend of NCAS who died on April 29.
  • Belgian Skeptics Seek Crowdfunding after Multimillionaire Takes Lawsuit to Appeals Court
  • Amazon Smile helps to support NCAS 
  • Shadow Lite
  • Time to Renew?
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