Psychic SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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Quotations from a (12 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Yvanna”

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Supposed image of Yvanna

“Practicing Clairvoyant

Courage, First_Name
you will not have long to wait before you pocket at least
$255,000 - since your luck should change on
June 24th next!

Red Flag  # 1 Yes First_Name, what is in store for you is literally exceptional! And I can now tell you that on June 24th next, YOU at Your_City, you will be full of JOY!!!

“In fact, it’s not every day you can hope to pocket such a win! Just imagine: $255,000 all for you. And you will surely agree, the arrival of such a substantial sum will certainly be one of the best things that could ever happen to you. So be vigilant and watch out for this great victory and gain your revenge on life and your financial difficulties. You don’t have long to wait!

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Red Flag  # 2  “And it is for this very reason I am writing to you today, First_Name. For under no circumstances can I allow this huge sum to slip through your fingers. Considering how hard your current life is, I believe you would not say no to a helping hand, to ensure $255,000 falls into your waiting hands.

“Yes, of course First_Name. I want to accomplish for you what no one else has ever managed: I want to make you rich. For I can tell you, the win of $255,000 is only the begining[sic] and there will certainly be followed by many other wins! Probably even bigger.


Red Flag  # 3  “In just a few moments, I will explain and you will have proof that you can be in possession of this first huge sum from June 24th next. For the moment, just think for a few minutes about this enormous sum. What would you do with all that money? I would advise you to start thinking about it now because when you do win the money, you must make good use of it. The chance to win a great deal of money does not come along all that often. It’s better to be prepared.

Red Flag  # 4  “First_Name, do you have debts you would like to pay off? Do you want to move [to a new] house and enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle than your current situation allows? Between us, $255,000 should allow you to accomplish a lot of things. So think about it. For one fact is certain: in a few days, a huge cheque will be in your hands!

Red Flag  # 5  “Now, let us examine together why this letter could mark the final end to all your money problems. For you do have serious money problems - or am I wrong? There’s no shame in having financial problems, the only shame would be to miss out on $255,000. For this reason you must listen to my advice carefully.

Red Flag  # 6  “I have been practising as a Clairvoyant for many years and I believe I have a unique gift: that of “seeing” the winning numbers in advance for the Lotto, horse racing or in the casino, according to the numerological co-ordinates of the potential winner. In fact, I am a medium and according to my genealogical tree there is evidence that the great clairvoyant Nostradamus was one of my ancestors.

“Whatever the case, for many generations there has always been a clairvoyant in our family. But when people learn there is a descendant of Nostradamus who is a clairvoyant, you can be certain the Media will do everything in its power to discredit that person.

Red Flag  # 7  “For this reason, a few years ago, I demonstrated my unique gift before the cameras. For me it was the start of many problems. Thousands and thousands of people tried to contact me every day so I could help them. For this reason I decided to become oblivious[sic] and help only those people who Destiny put on my pathway through life, as is the case for you today

“So, in recent years, I have made a fortune for 169 people. These men and women all won hundreds of thousands of Dollars[sic]. Some even won the jackpot comprising several millions! I cannot force you to believe me, but all I can say is it happened. Anyway, what point would there be in me telling lies? By writing to you I am only following my intuition which tells me you truly need money to resolve your financial problems and that you can pocket the magnificent sum Destiny has placed on your pathway.

“First_Name, didn’t you say only yesterday or this even this morning: “Oh, if I could win some money”. Yes, if you could win, surely that would be the end of your problems? Listen, I can’t resist the temptation of telling you what someone wrote to me two months ago, who like you, seemed to be favoured by Providence and had the privilege of my assistance:

‘Yvanna, I had never won more than $75 in my life on the Lotto. For someone like me who works for a few dollars an hour, there is no hope of experiencing a wonderful life without a great stroke of luck. You gave me that stroke of luck because I have just won more than $200,000! I wanted you to be the first person to know. What can I say or what can I do to thank you because you have changed my life and that of my family. Thank you! A thousand thank you[sic]!’

“This letter was sent to me by a father aged forty-five who wanted to remain anonymous and I can understand why. You do not know how far people will go when they learn someone has won $200,000 to say nothing of the jealousy, envy and wickedness such a win arouses. Believe me, you should be extremely discreet once you too are in possession of a great deal of money.

“Although I cannot guarantee that you will win the jackpot, I do believe you can win more than $233,000 before 3 weeks go by! For the moment let us restrict our discussion to the $255,000.

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“When I became aware of your name, and for me that was a sign of Providence, I immediately entered into a mediumnic[sic] trance. My gift does not work for everyone. Strangely, it only seems to work for those who are courageous, honest and generous. Yes, it appears my gift is only effective if I use it on behalf of people who are kind-hearted and prepared to share the little that they have with others.

“First_Name, I am sure this describes you? I am convinced of it. I had a “vision” of these numbers, the date and this sum: $255,000. My “vision” was prolonged and I saw other numbers, other dates and other wins. For this reason I am writing to you. To disclose the revelations that could finally allow you to enjoy the life you deserve.

Red Flag  # 8  “Between you and me, First_Name, surely you would like more comfort in your life? Surely you would like to stop worrying about tomorrow? Finally, surely it’s time you had some financial security? Why should it always be other people who are living a wonderful life and not you?

“Between us, I am sure you hope for many things. I believe in Providence and Providence made me aware of your situation. Otherwise, how can you explain the fact you are receiving this letter? By random fate? Random fate does not exist. My conviction is this intervention by Providence is the answer to your prayers, to your burning desire to experience a much better life.

“First_Name, I know what you are saying to yourself: “It would be wonderful but how can I believe all this will ever happen?” Of course, I could send you all the letters from all those people I have helped become rich over the years - but would that convince you that you too can become rich?

“One fact is certain: I am not making any of this up and everything I say in this letter is the strict truth. That’s how it is. So the only way for you to realise how it could happen for you is to follow my advice:

“Just before June 24th next, if you desire, you will receive a very special envelope. in this envelope will be the secret instructions, your winning numbers and other dates for wins and a free gift I want to send you.

“All you need do is to follow my secret instructions and on June 24th next according to the “vision” I had, you should win your first $255,000. Then repeat the instructions each time you enter one of many winning periods I have “foreseen” for you.

“In fact, I don’t want to reveal too much about these wins because it could literally make you dizzy. As you now know, I am saying that I have made the fortune of 169 people, and I don’t know why the same thing should not happen for you. Once again, I am not saying you will win the jackpot. On the other hand, I consider that with several wins of tens of thousands of Dollars, the words “small fortune” can justifiably be used. And in any event, nothing indicates you will not win the jackpot.

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of “Yvanna” _not_ by

Red Flag  # 9  “I propose that you verify everything yourself by making a wise decision. What is this decision? It consists in completing the “Form for a Fortune” attached to this letter and returning it to me as rapidly as possible. It is essential that you receive my instructions and your winning numbers very quickly, because the June 24th is approaching at great speed.

Red Flag  # 10  & Red Flag  # 11  “All I am asking for these predictions is a small contribution of $53 which I undertake to refund immediately if you do not win $255,000. This is my formal guarantee.

“First_Name, you should know the reason I am asking you for this contribution is only to be sure you will do what I tell you. On this subject, let me explain why.

“A few years ago, I contacted people like you who Providence had placed on my pathway through life. I sent them all my revelations free of charge - but they did nothing with them. This did not happen with the 169 people I contacted subsequently. By returning their “Form for Fortune” they knew they were risking nothing, and for me, it was a guarantee that they would actually follow my instructions. The proof is they all won! And I am sure the same will apply to you.

“What’s more, as I said, you are risking absolutely nothing by replying. The only risk is missing out on the chance of a lifetime if you don’t react immediately. Between you and me First_Name, surely you want this money? Yes, it would be the end of a nightmare and the start of a dream life. For this reason I think you should reply right now.

“First_Name, $255,000 could change your life in a way you cannot yet imagine. Just think, with this sum in your bank account, you would be much happier than you are at the present moment. Surely that’s a good enough reason to act and reply to me? I think it is.

“In addition, I want to offer you a wonderful gift: generally the people Providence leads me to contact are not very lucky. But their luck soon changes after I send them the revelations of my “visions” and also, my great personal secret of luck. This secret is unique because has been handed down from generation to generation in my family.

“Now First_Name, you must decide on your own future. Have you had enough of “holding the devil by the tail” and do you want a better life? Your decision should be easy to make. So, I am waiting for your rapid response.

“Ali my wishes for your imminent wealth.

Supposed signature of Yvana

“PS: First_Name, one last very important thing. As I did for the other 169 people I made rich, I have attached a Cheque for an Advance Payment of your fortune. In fact, I am so convinced you will win I know a “small” advance will not do any harm. So, write your first name and surname in the place indicated on the cheque and return it to me with your “Form for Fortune” and your contribution to my costs. I will get if signed before you win, in addition, $255,000 already in store for you. So, act now and reply quickly.

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To be completed exclusively by:
Mrs First_Name Last_Name


checkbox YES, dear Yvanna, you are right. I need no longer endure this difficult life. There’s no reason why I should not enjoy my share of happiness. So, it is with a heart full of joy I agree to win all that money in store for me.

checkbox So, please send me as a matter if urgency as soon as you receive my Form for a Fortune, your secret instructions as well as my winning numbers so that on June 24th next I can enjoy my first win. You will also inform me of the other winning times you have seen for me.

checkbox In order to win this money, I undertake to respect the secret instructions you will send me.

checkbox Since you guarantee the refund of my contribution of $60 ($53 + $7 postage) which I am agreeing to send you as proof of my sincere desire to win this sum, here is my payment by:

checkbox I would like to benefit from priority treatment and in this case I am adding $5 that is a total of $65 which I am paying by:

checkbox Cheque    checkbox International money order

checkbox Visa    checkbox MasterCard

Red Flag  # 12 Here is my date of birth:.
(Please fill in opposite)    checkbox

“Here are my normal address details, if they are wrong or incomplete, I will correct them below in CAPITALS:

“Universal and unconditional guarantee offered exclusively by Yvanna to:
Mrs First_Name Last_Name

“If during the 90 days following receipt of your package you are not fully satisfied, on simple request I undertake unconditionally to refund your entire payment,
without delay. However, the expected beneficial effects would then be neutralised.”

image of 'Advance Payment Cheque'

The image is too big to display. It purports to show a cheque for a “Probable amount” of $ 25,500, 10% of the amount mentioned several times in the letter.

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

Red Flag  # 1  Try to remember that these letters are no more personal than any other ‘junk’ mail that comes to your mailbox. The SCAMmers also use the bulk mailing rate and system, that’s why there is no stamp on the envelope; only a printed ‘stamp’ or the imprint showing their bulk-rate license. Just like those other ‘junk’ letters, these SCAMmers purchase computer files that contain your first and last names, your street address, and your city, state and zip code. All these items are separate pieces of information in that mailing list. That’s why they can put your name anywhere they want in the letter. They can also put anything else from that file anywhere they want, that’s how this SCAMmer put your city in that first paragraph. Just ask any of your friends or family who have used a word processor’s “merging” function. (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  First, this letter is not “written” in the sense that someone sat down and typed it. It is a “printed” letter. You can easily see that even the ‘signature’ is not written with any kind of pen. It is nothing more than an image, a picture. It is useless as any kind of ‘signature’. That’s just one more reason the “guarantee” is also useless.

Secondly, it was created on a computer. That makes it into a file that can be sent to a bulk mailing company that can print thousands of the letters and automatically put them into envelopes. If the SCAMmer pays for ‘windowed’ envelopes, the letters will be folded so the name and address shows in that window properly. Otherwise, the company will simply print an envelope at the same time they print the letter. It’s all done automatically and much more cheaply than when done by a human. One of the most important concerns of a SCAM is to keep the costs of gathering more “customers” as low as possible. (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  Unfortunately, no proof is ever offered, but this ‘psychic’ diverts our attention by reminding us of the $250,000 dollars she claims we are about to win. That’s the important thing, right? It’s certainly easier than try to prove a fake claim. So instead of proof, we are asked to think about what we will do with that money. After all, we don’t want to spend it unwisely. I would simply remind you of the “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” saying. Before you consider how you will spend money you don’t have, think about the money this SCAMmer is going to ask you to give her. That’s why the “proof” you are not getting is important. (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  Why does she ask “do you have debts you would like to pay off”? She claims to know so much about us and then has to ask such a basic question? I think the answer is obvious; as I said before, this is absolutely not any kind of ‘personal’ letter. This SCAMmer has no more idea of our financial, personal or health condition than the “Man in the Moon”! We are then asked, again, to think about getting the $250,000. The “Yvanna” wants to keep us diverted from considering the likelihood that this letter is nothing but a SCAM! (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  Now that we are thinking about that $250,000, we are told one of the most important needs of every SCAM; we must absolutely trust the SCAMmer! We are never to question what we are told. Most SCAMmers will even tell us to not even discuss the letter with friends or family. In other words, do not even think about the claims made or the promises offered; just trust this total stranger who has already made it clear that she has no idea what our problems might be. (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 6  Here is another chance for this so-called ‘psychic’, “Yvanna”, to offer some ‘proof’, marginal as it would be, that she is even partially believable. All she has to do is show us that ‘family tree’. Once again, however, she ignores an opportunity to help us, instead she just tries to convince us with mere words and unverifiable claims. (return to # 6 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 7  She claims to have been “on camera”. Here I expected to see a link to the program’s web site or a link to a YouTube video or at least the name of the program. However, we are told nothing except she felt discredited by the Media. It would have been nice to also compare the picture we are shown with the ‘real’ “Yvanna”. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons we are not presented with any information... assuming there was any truth to her claim, in the first place. (return to # 7 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 8  Do you really believe everyone else is “living a wonderful life”? If you do, you are going to need more than “Yvanna’s” help! I think she is simply trying to convince us that she knows how we feel. Of course, we have already seen that she simply has no real idea; she just assumes we are like she is—only concerned about her own wants and desires. (return to # 8 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 9  We finally get the almost standard SCAM offering of “Act-before-thinking-or-checking”. Your immediate response is needed. Any delay can only cause fear and trepidation in the heart of the SCAMmer! It means you may be consulting with trusted friends and/or family about the SCAM attempt! That means it is much more likely that you will recognize the SCAM for what it really is; an attempt to take your money for no useful purpose! (return to # 9 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 10  This SCAMmer waits almost until the end of the letter to make the standard “Send me some money” plea. Every SCAM does it, eventually, but this is one of the most expensive fees I have seen! It is double what most of the other SCAMs have demanded. Of course, any fee, at all, proves that these SCAMmers are more concerned about ‘making a living’, even if it is fraudulent, than helping us. (return to # 10 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 11  Yvanna says she will “undertake” to refund payments. “Undertake” doesn’t require the completion of a task, only the initiation of it. It’s basically no guarantee at all. As I’ve mentioned in several other SCAMs on this site, I have never, ever heard of anyone getting a refund from any of these SCAMs. That’s why I continue to say that these ‘guarantees’ are completely worthless. Most people can’t even get these SCAMmers to respond to the request for a refund request, much less actually re-pay any monies they took! (return to # 11 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 12  What kind of ‘clairvoyant’ would have to ask you for your birthdate? Does that mean she might be less than what she claims to be? It probably just means that the mailing address list she bought didn’t include that information; those types of lists cast more!

The real problem, however, is that providing your birthdate to anyone who already has your name and address is extremely dangerous. With all that information, your other personal information such as bank accounts, Social Security number, credit card accounts, and many other personal and financial details can be found. This kind of information quite often leads to identity theft and loss of your assets! Never give this type of information to strangers! (return to # 12 Red Flag above)

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