Psychics SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (6 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Maria Duval”

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Supposed image of Maria Duval
“Holder of the highest honorary awards and degrees
More than 30 years of accurate and verifiable predictions
More than 10,000 TV appearances and radio programs, and featured in over 700 newspaper articles
Has never failed to telepathically locate missing persons (more than 20 to date)
Ability to predict the future confirmed in experiments by the greatest scientific authorities
Has predicted hundreds of major events all around the world
Consulted by many international celebrities
Ask for anything claim!


“the first thing I want to do for you is to do everything I can to have you win the sum of $25,000.00 immediately!

“I know that this sum of money may not be quite enough, which is why I am asking you to please tell me the exact sum of money you need on the special form attached to this letter BEFORE July 21, 2011!

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“My dear First_Name,

Red Flag  # 1  “In just a few days, on the night of July 30, 2011 to be exact, something very special is going to happen...

“It wouldn’t surprise me if you found it hard to get to sleep that night.

“Neither would it surprise me if, over the days that follow that special night, you write me a letter telling me that your financial woes are finally over because you have just won a very large sum of money and that another particularly happy event has just cast new light on your life!

“Why? Because the special event that is going to happen over the course of that particular night can completely turn your 11fe around.

“Allow me to tell you that you are a particularly lucky person First_Name. In fact, few people will ever get the UNIQUE opportunity you are going to be offered in just a few days from now...

“To be absolutely frank, I’ve known for some time that this date would be a very important one for you... But also, that some patience was needed...

“Now, this great day has finally arrived, and I can now tell you: your life is going to change at last!

“But you must surely be asking yourself what makes this night so special and why it is finally going to bring you what you have longed or so long? That’s what I’m going to explain to you right now...

“What is this special event that is going to happen during the night of July 30, 2011, and what is it actually going to bring you?...”

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Red Flag  # 2  “First_Name, have you ever heard of the “Black Moon”?

“There are 13 “Black Moons” a year. It is actually the crucial moment when the moon is hidden by the shadow of the Earth, which means that it spreads a very special radiation, quite different from the light it gives off during a “regular” night.”

“It’s important to remember that the Moon is, by far, the most influential celestial body in our solar system. The influence of the Moon is at play when we make important decisions about our future and it has an impact on both our personality and our future...

“You must of course know about the phenomenon of the tides... that is due to the influence of the moon which, despite being two hundred thousand miles away, can move HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF TONS OF WATER!

“But the “Black Moon” is also a very intense moment in High Magic. Basically, it’s the only period during which the most powerful rituals can be performed.

“That’s the reason why, inside the envelope that I have enclosed with my letter, there is a very special Tallsman, which I wanted to offer you. Normally I would NEVER do this sort of thing, but today is different. The opportunity you are being offered is really too important for anything to be left to chance.

“I am going to ask you to do something very important with this Talisman, but for the moment, please just continue reading this letter.

“First First_Name, I have to tell you again that the “Black Moon” of July 30, 2011 is going to play a very important role in your Astral Chart...

“As I said, this event happens 13 times a year, but only one of the times is of interest to us, which is the one on July 30, 2011.”

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“Over the course of the night of July 30, 2011, and this night alone, the “BLACK MOON” is going to be in perfect harmony with you, First_Name, but it is also, more importantly, going to be perfectly synchronized with the planets representing luck, love and MONEY! And that is something that is INCREDIBLY RARE!

“Just imagine for a moment, the specific position of the moon that might only happen once every 29 years. And you, First_Name, you are going to be able to profit from it!!! That’s why we absolutely have to grasp this opportunity NOW!

“Over the course of the night of July 30, 2011, I am going to be able to perform a very special Ritual for you, called the “Grand Ritual of the Black Moon”, during which I am going to be able to make the 2 things you most want in the world a reality. And the first thing that I am going to ask for on your behalf is MONEY!

Red Flag  # 3  “Because it’s money you’re most in need of at the moment... isn’t it First_Name?”

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“You strongly believe that from that very special date on, your life is going to move in a new and positive direction, and everything you do is going to be crowned with success.

“Everything you most want in the world, in other words, love, luck and most of all money, may finally be part of your life!”

“I also see that something amazing...

“Yes, truly, if you know how to make the most of this special news, and if you allow me to act on your behalf, I can tell you that your life is really going to change and you should be able to receive a large sum of money in the weeks that follow July 30, 2011!

Red Flag  # 4  “I am going to ask for $25,000.00 for you right away, but I need you to tell me VERY URGENTLY the exact sum of money you really need...

“Yes, I’m already planning to ask for $25,000.00 for you. Do you think this is going to be enough to sort out your most urgent debts and give you some security?

“If at any time and for any reason this sum of money is not enough, please write the exact amount you need on the attached Special Form...

“Then, I am going to ask the “Black Moon” to make your second wish come true...

What is the second wish that you would like to see come true in your life First_Name?

Red Flag  # 5 “As I said, I can ask the “Black Moon” for 2 things for you during this “Grand Ritual” that I am going to perform for you... What is the second most important thing that you would like to happen in your life, after winning a large amount of money?

“That may be all that you want...”

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“LUCK“You can ask to have MORE LUCK!


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“Most importantly, ACT NOW!

“If you want all these fantastic things to happen in your life, it is absolutely vital that you fill out and return, as quickly as possible, the Special Form you are going to find on the next page, (which I have prepared especially for you).

“Most importantly, do it right away. I must remind you that July 21, 2011 is coming up, and I absolutely must know your answers BEFORE THAT DATE if I am to act effectively on your behalf.

“You absolutely must not let this exceptional and unexpected opportunity you have been given to change your life for the better pass you by... It is truly unique and it won’t happen again for a very long time!

“I am counting on you, and send you all my friendship.

“Your devoted friend,

“Maria Duval

Red Flag  # 6  “PS: As I said, I have enclosed a very special Talisman for you in this envelope. Look at it now and read the special instructions enclosed. My thanks in advance for this.

“PPS: Don’t forget to write on your Special Form whether the amount of money I plan for you to win is enough, as well as the second wish you would like me to fulfill for you!”

Please remember, the quotations above are from the SCAM letter of “Maria Duval” _not_ by

Red Flag  # 1  “on the night of July 30, 2011 to be exact, something very special is going to happen...” I wonder what this event could possibly be, since my aunt dies in May of 2010. This is some of the best indicators I can show you that these SCAM letters are not only fake (actually fraudulent) but that they are no more personal than any other junk mail you get. They are created by the thousands on a computer. The name and address come from a mailing list file that the SCAMmers buy. They obviously are not very up-to-date. The files have separate pieces of text for the gender (“Mr.” or “Mrs.”), first and last name, the street address, city, state, and zip code. This makes it very simple for a computer program, such as a word processor, to insert these items where ever they need to go in the SCAM letter. This a well known process that has been on use for 30+ years. It has been in use on what we call ‘personal computers’ for much of that time. If you have a computer, you can even do it yourself. (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  This SCAMmer never actually defines what her “specialty” or “qualifications” are, but we can certainly see what she is not! She just ‘wrote’ that “a Black Moon is [...] when the moon is hidden by the shadow of the Earth?!” And that “there are 13 each year”. Perhaps “Ms. Duval” is confusing the rare 13 occurrences of a “new” moon in one year. There is the number “13”, but in a slightly different color and the moon is not “hidden” at all!

What “Ms. Duval” seems to be talking about is a lunar eclipse. An eclipse is, in fact, the ‘hiding’ of the Moon by the Earth's shadow. However, those certainly do not happen 13 times a year! While science doesn’t provide an answer to every question, it IS defined by its ability to prove, with repeatable experiments, certain facts. Astronomers have been able to compute the times of a Lunar Eclipse for several decades. Here are several external of links to sites that will explain why they cannot possibly occur more than a few times a year.

(return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  ... (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  At least this SCAMmer is not telling you that she knows everything that you need; she doesn’t even know how much money you actually need! I think this must be the only SCAM on my site that has admitted this, even indirectly!

But “Ms. Duval” is exactly like ever other SCAM in one way; she wants you to reply immediately! She repeats that request a little further down in her letter. I call this the “act-now-without-consulting-any-friends-or-family” scheme. (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  How about asking to be removed from all the SCAM mailing lists?! THAT would really be something to be happy about! (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 6  Another cheap “talisman” for you. This one is not made of paper, but like all the others, it is very thin. So thin, in fact, you are asked to cut it in half with nothing but plain scissors! I don’t think you need to worry about damaging your scissors, however. (return to # 6 Red Flag above)

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