Psychics SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (8 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Marie de Fortune”

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Supposed image of Marie de Fortune

“Expert in telepathic research and analysis.
Fifth generation clairvoyant and tarot expert.
By appointment only (waiting time approximately 1 year).

“All the secrets in this letter must remain between us

“Dear First_Name Last_Name, danger is approaching rapidly!

“Do not take it lightly, dear First_Name Last_Name. It sent shivers down my spine as well. But you can be reassured that I will protect you from the danger menacing you on August 30 if you follow my instructions.

“Please read my letter very carefully.

“Dear First_Name Last_Name

Red Flag  # 1  “I was deeply affected by seeing you suffer. You are so intelligent, likable and of such value that I can no longer stand for you continuing to suffer in silence...”

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Red Flag  # 2  “But be careful, First_Name Last_Name, time is running out. We have to act very very rapidly or else the favorable phase to improve your situation will pass and nothing will change. If you carefully follow what I will tell you, nothing can fail. With my help, August 30 will not turn into a nightmare, but on the contrary will be the start of a marvelous life that you more than deserve.”

Red Flag  # 3  “Let me explain: as a result of my actions before midnight of August 30, I will resolve all the problems that are tormenting you. No matter what your problems are: money, vitality, love. First_Name Last_Name, I am intimately convinced that I can help you to make your worries a thing of the past...”

Red Flag  # 4  “I must first give you several IMPORTANT REVELATIONS. These secret revelations concern you personally. More precisely your future. Please continue reading attentively.”

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1st Secret Revelation

“You will finally become rich! You don’t believe me? But its true! And it will happen as follows: you will obtain two lottery wins on September 26 and October 12 (yes, two incredible sums that will follow very rapidly)...

2nd Secret Revelation

“Someone close to you will try to do you harm on Friday, September2.

“But don’t worry; I will immediately stop the actions of this person.

3rd Secret Revelation

“Three dates of intense sentimental happiness will mark your life. You will be filled with immense joy and will live an intense happiness.

“October 1 is part of this.

4th Secret Revelation

“As I already said, without my help you will fall victim to an abominable day. YES, this terrible August 30. But in reality it will not be this way. I promise you.

5th Secret Revelation

“You will receive registered mail during the week of September 13. You must sign it since it will contain an extremely important document that will change your life in a very positive manner...

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Read only this 6th Secret Revelation if you want to know how much time you will live...

“I am writing this passage in this way so it doesn’t “strike” immediately in case you don’t want to know how much time is left to live. I have spoken with several guardian angels who are looking out for your life and they all assured me that you still have many years of happiness in front of you.

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Since I already know so much about you thanks to my gifts of clairvoyance, I will play a very important role in your coming life and happiness. This is why this letter is perhaps the most important of your life.

“I predict the future and perform miracles. I inherited these supernatural gifts from my grandmother who in turn inherited them from her grandmother.

“I generally intervene where others have failed as a last resort so to speak for certain desperate souls. I make my appearance at the moment when problems become emergencies, when they suffocate people. Whether it involves money, love, solitude, bad luck or a lack of vitality, helping people is my life’s mission..

And I will not fail you either. I will put an end to your worries and your problems totally objectively and in an unlimited manner...”

“But your case is important in my eyes so please accept it as a gift. During the next 6 months, its supernatural powers will protect you from events that could become dramatic. Since I cannot be at your side all the time, please keep it on you always. In this way I will know that you are safe.”

Text:I will be aleways looking out for you

Red Flag  # 5  “You will not have long to wait until you see that all this is true. It is not rare that I obtain spectacular results in only 24 hours. I know important secrets of my grandmother that provide instantaneous luck. You can test my secret powers very easily and judge their incredible effectiveness yourself.

“Imagine that your financial worries are a thing of the past. I will do everything I can so that you become rich in only a few weeks... Your life will be one of financial independence. Imagine what you will be able to do with this money!

“If a problem involves love, friendship and family, I can also perform genuine miracles. Prepare yourself for a wonderful surprise on October 4. You will never again be alone!

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Red Flag  # 6  “You are such a good person that you deserve all this happiness. In order to obtain these miracles, you have to become aware of some important information concerning your future. And I am the only person who can give you this secret information. This is why I will send you a precise “Interpretation of the Intuitions of a Medium”. The preparation of this document requires a great deal of work. As you can already see with my gift, I will never let fate decide your future.

I will use all my secret and supernatural powers and make sure that each of my revelations comes to pass. I will say no less than seven prayers of wealth and will carry out six very precise secret rituals to also assure myself that the incredible events concerning your fortune will occur on September 26, October 12 and October 31.

I will also stay up for three nights to attract vitality, love, friendship and absolute happiness to you, that will last forever. And even though I am giving you my preferred Talisman today that will guarantee you protection and have happiness come your way, I will nevertheless invoke higher forces. In this way I will be totally sure that evil will not affect you on August 30 and September 2.

“This is just a small glimpse of the measures I will take so that miracles happen to your life and that all your suffering ceases definitively. In order for everything to happen exactly as I revealed in my Interpretation of the Intuitions of a Medium, I must carry out a considerable intervention and totally invest myself for you. This is worth it because our future, yours and mine, depends on the success of this undertaking. If I do not put an end to your suffering, I will be very sad and deeply affected.”

THE DANGER OF AUGUST 30 IS GENUINELY REAL! It is coming very quickly. This is why I already started my work and used my supernatural powers to magnetize the Talisman I want to give you...

“But we have to act rapidly. Please return your Order for the Six Secret Rituals as soon as possible, after filling it in, accompanied by your symbolic participation of $50. This will cover only a tiny part of costs, but never mind ... it is a question of you...”

Supposed signature of Maria de Fortune

P.S. You are taking no risk whatsoever by answering since you have a Guarantee of Reimbursement.

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Image of Secret Rituals Order Form

The form above may be too large to display properly on smaller screen sizes (tablets and smart phones) so I have provided the text (with marginal formatting) below:

Order for 6 Secret Rituals

“Please return to: Marie de Fortune, P.O. Box 123. NL-xxxx AK Arnhem, The Netherlands

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checkboxYes, Marie de Fortune, I want you to intervene and accomplish everything necessary (the seven prayers and the six esoteric rituals) so that your 5 revelations come to pass as quickly as possible.

checkboxYes, Marie de Fortune, prepare your Interpretation of Intuitions of a Medium and send it to me. This document is very important for me because it will reveal the information that has a primordial importance for my future and it will show me how to succeed in everything (it involves simple but very effective advice).

checkboxI am sending the symbolic contribution of $ 50 to only partly cover your costs of preparation.

checkboxI want priority treatment and for this am adding an additional $ 5. I am paying a total of $ 55.

“Note: No purchase is required to claim the prize. Please fill out and return in the enclosed response envelope.

checkboxI want to benefit from a one month payment delay! I am enclosing two checks of $ 27.50 each. The first will be deposited right off, the second one month later!

Red Flag  # 7 

“I confirm my date of birth: |__|__|   |__|__|   |__|__|__|__|

“I confirm my Place of birth:


“Here is my telephone number, so you can reach me:


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Red Flag  # 8 

UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE - You are taking absolutely no risk!
This guarantee assures you 100% satisfaction, First_Name Last_Name. There are no conditions. This means that you are totally protected. If for any reason you are not totally satisfied, simply write to me and I will refund your participation with no questions asked.”

Red Flag  # 1  How closely do the terms this SCAMmer used describe you? Hopefully, you are intelligent, likable and of great value to many people. Now, what about the “suffering in silence” part? However, if you are suffering, in silence or not, you should seek help! There are doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, clergy and even government agencies that are all trained to give you not only personal help but in your own home, if needed, and sometimes, even at no cost! Why depend or even expect a complete stranger to even know, much less provide, any kind of help? Don’t forget, this SCAM is requiring $50 before even telling you what kind of help they will offer. Since you are reading this site, you are obviously intelligent enough to recognize this SCAM! (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2 There are actually several red flags in this paragraph. First you are reminded that acting immediately is very important. That is standard practice for SCAMmers; they don’t want you to take any time to think about their outlandish claims or discuss the SCAM with any friends or family.

Next is the announcement made by every SCAM; they are here to help you! They certainly are! They are going to help you send them money!

Lastly, another common claim by a SCAM is that you are going to have a “fabulous life” as soon as you reply! Of course, you will want to remember to send the SCAMmer that $50... (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3 This SCAMmer claims to be able to solve all your problems, but why are you not told specifically what problems those might be? Instead, a few generic problems are listed plus another wildly broad, “no matter what your problems are”. I has always amazed me that these SCAMS claim to know everything about us but can never name the specific problem that we might have. They can’t even tell you what your birthday is, as you’ll see when you get to the form you need to fill out and mail with your $50! (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4 “IMPORTANT REVELATIONS… for your future”. The SCAM here is that since you don’t know what will happen in the future, you can’t recognize the SCAMmer is making up these promises. Of course, that’s the same reason the SCAMmer can’t specify what has happened in your past; they have no idea! They are making those claims up, also, but they are so generic that many of those events will have happened… to almost anyone!

This SCAM behavior simply encourages you to believe that good things will happen in our future. If they occur very soon, we will be told that it was because of what we were promised. Since most of us have had many of the happy and even the sad events happen in our past, you may be tempted to think that this SCAMmer knows about your life and, by extension, your future! Don’t be fooled by mere circumstances and common experiences! (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  “You can test my secret powers”, unfortunately, we are not told how this testing can be done before sending in your $50. You just have to trust this complete stranger, the one who has been telling you lies and unsupported clams about how they are so knowledgeable about you and how much help you need! (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 6  One last dose of flattery and a mention of a “gift”. Apparently, this SCAMmer thinks you should be impressed by that “gift”! Did you even know there was a gift in the envelope? What is being referred to is the “talisman”. Most dictionaries describe a talisman as ‘a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm. 2. any amulet or charm.’ I think it stretches the definition of the word to call the small piece of paper printed to look like part of a parchment or scroll to be a “talisman”. The text is extremely small and I doubt you could read it, even with a magnifying glass. I’ve scanned and enlarged it so you can see the the repetitive nature of the “text”. Like so many other things done on a computer, it displays the exact duplications resulting from copying and pasting things. Even the number of lines between each pasted part is the same. Sometimes we don’t understand how a computer works, but they are not to be considered ‘magic’, no more ‘magic’ than that piece of paper! (return to # 6 Red Flag above)

Here is a small image of the “Talisman” included in the package from Ms. Fortune. Just from a casual examination, one can see a pattern in the image. I examined the scanned image and marked several areas where the exact text (supposedly Hebrew?) is used in more than one place. Not being a Hebrew scholar, I cannot read or translate the text, but I would find it extremely unusual and highly improbable for any selected text to be duplicated line for line in other places of the “Talisman.”

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Supposed Talisman image

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Red Flag  # 7  While very SCAMmer provides a “100%/unconditional guarantee”, the problem is making use of it. You don’t actually know where these people are. They will never give you a company/personal address or phone number. You don’t even know if the address on the usually enclosed envelope is real or just a collection location at a retail mailbox store. (return to # 7 Red Flag above)

The Western Australia Department of Commercesite also info on “Ms de Fortune”, also. Apparently, she has so many powers she must seek as many recipients as possible! That site has other good information about SCAMs that come via email. Since those are basically free, it would be wise to be familiar with those named, especially if you have older family and friends who also have email.

Red Flag  # 8  WARNING: Never provide your birthdate, place of birth and/or phone number to anyone unless you are entering a hospital or completing an official government form. NEVER! With that much information about you (remember, this person already has your name and address), your identity can and most likely will be stolen, your bank account and credit cards cleaned out and your life and those of your loved ones put at risk! Yes, it IS that dangerous! (return to # 8 Red Flag above)

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