A group of female grifters are targeting Asian women and claiming they are "cursed" in order to have them hand over thousands of dollars, police say.

The five suspects are running what's known as the "Chinese blessing scam" in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. For these specific incidents, the NYPD says, "The victims are approached by three of the five women who state that the victim's families have been cursed. The victims are instructed to bring all of their jewelry and money in a bag to the women who will perform a blessing ritual to reverse the curse. Only once the bag is returned to the victims do they discover that their money and valuables have been replaced by bottles of water."

Here's a rundown of the incidents from the NYPD:

Incident #1 - At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, April 18th, jewelry (unknown value) and $280,000 was taken from a 55-year-old woman in front of 191 Grand Street.

Incident #2 - At approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th, $130,000 was taken from a 61-year-old woman in front of 73 Bay 22 Street in Brooklyn.

Incident #3 - At approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10th, $20,000 was taken from a woman at Bowne Street and Franklin Avenue in Queens.

Incident #4 - At approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th, jewelry worth $10,000 and $10,000 in cash was taken from a 69-year-old woman at 122 Delancey Street in Manhattan.

Incident #5 - At approximately 3 p.m. hours on Wednesday, June 22nd, jewelry worth $3,000 and $19,000 in cash was taken from a 54-year-old woman in Brooklyn.

Three years ago, Sam Tsang, an NYPD Asian community liaison, explained to the Daily News, "These people go into coffee shops and listen to people’s business and see what problems you have... Then they ask for cash to help the family members. They say they have special powers” and if victims brush them off “they say you or your family member will get ill.'"

The victims are usually immigrants who don't speak English.

Photographs of three of the alleged scammers have been released. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.