Miscellaneous SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

Lies, Fakery, Greed and Tomfoolery

A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (4 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Grandma Rosa”

Please remember, the quotations below are from the SCAM letter of “Grandma Rosa” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

Red Flag  # 1 

Old Time Spiritualist

“I Make You more Powerful!
“And Help You get what you desire!

Supposed image of Grandma Rosa

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year First_Name
First_Name You are a Winner in Life! And in 2012
And together First_Name, we’ll start your New Year off right!

You have been selected to receive the same secret
Luck Attraction methods these 3 happy people used.
Plus you’ll have the chance to enter and Win One Million Dollars!

And its[sic]all “FREE” for You!

“Dear Friend,

You are a Winner in Life! And right now, you are right on the edge... of a BIG change in Your Luck !

“Your Luck’s already changing right now! Because I have selected You to receive a FREE* Luck and Money Attraction Package!

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of “Grandma Rosa” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

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Your Package includes: A FREE* Personal Luck Attracting forecast for you.... With many secret, Money attracting tips used by the happy people pictured!

Plus 7 FREE* Lucky numbers for You...... Hurry! You must act now to receive them. They’re for you to use Dec. 31 - Jan. 20

Plus 7 FREE* Lucky Lottery Numbers Report. Including numbers you should always play. And numbers you should never play.

Plus A FREE* old time, magic money charm! With my famous “Lucky Winners secret!” And a powerful Money pulling ritual!

It’s all FREE!* *All I ask is you cover a small shipping, handling and processing fee.

“I selected you. Because I understand you. You are a Good Person.... With a Good Heart You were born Good!

“But some how, someone or something took away your luck

“Maybe you had a difficult family life.... Or maybe negative or jealous people are blocking good things from coming to you....

“But something has gone wrong.... I don’t have to tell you.... You can feel

I know your Free Luck and Money Package will bring you Money and Luck!

“Plus honestly, I make the finest spiritual products in the world. And I know once you try my products, you’ll love them!

“(Forget about psychics. All they want is money! You can change your luck! It’s easy. I’ll help you.)

“Just answer these questions for me.... What are your biggest problems right now? checkboxMoney checkboxLuck checkboxJinx checkboxLove checkboxOther ________

Extra Bonus for You! Occasionally I run a Million Dollar Sweepstakes! Would you like an entry number for my next Million Dollar Sweepstakes? checkbox(No cost!)

Red Flag  # 2  “I only ask that you cover shipping, handling and processing for Your FREE Luck and Money Attraction Package! Totaling only $9.99.

“Just fold this card. Place in [an] envelope with your fee of $4.99. Rush it back to me: Grandma Rosa 1234 Marion St. #212121 Denver, Co. 87654

Red Flag  # 3  “Want rush shipping? Add $2 .... You’ll love it all! Guaranteed or Your Money Back!

Red Flag  # 4  “(There’s no Risk for You. The Better Business Bureau rates us A+.

“I see good blessings coming to you... Don’t miss them! You must order before Dec, 31 I believe in you. I know You are a Winner in life! Order Now!

“IMPORTANT CONSUMER INFORMATION: On behalf of Grandma Rosa Inc. Photos are depictions of real people who contacted us to tell us about the great results they received. We did not solicit their testimonial nor compensate them in any way. Your results may vary. Grandma Rosa Inc. has chosen you to receive this offer from a list of people who have demonstrated an interest in spirituality, and metaphysics. This card is not intended for vulnerable consumers. The statements in this letter and in the reports or other publications it offers as well as the claims about other goods or services offered herein (if any) are based on personal beliefs of Grandma Rosa Inc. not scientific evidence. This offer does not affect your statutory rights. © Grandma Rosa Inc. all rights reserved.”

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of “Grandma Rosa” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

Red Flag  # 1 Who is “Grandma Rosa Inc.”? Not a person named “Grandma Rosa” but a corporation! A corporation with a very broad, if small print, disclaimer that “Your results may vary”! (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2 I am confused about what all these “FREE” items will cost. First we are told it will be a “total” of only $9.99. Then, in the next sentence, we are told to include a “fee of $4.99” in the envelope. The cost is now at $13.98. If you want “rush shipping”, just add another $2. That’s just short of $16 for several “free” items! (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3 Guaranteed or Your Money Back!” I have received an email from a man who claims to be the owner of this business. He claims to be concerned about his “customer’s”. That’s probably why he includes some fine print saying: “Your results may vary. [...] This card is not intended for vulnerable consumers[emphasis added]. How do you like being classified as vulnerable? My dictionary defines ‘vulnerable’ as: “susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm; defenseless, powerless, impotent, weak” Not exactly a compliment, is it? Show this corporation you are strong enough to see it for what it is; nothing more than an attempt to take your money. Just throw the card where it belongs; in the trash. You are not powerless or weak!

The fine print also includes this statement: “Grandma Rosa Inc. has chosen you to receive this offer from a list of people who have demonstrated an interest in spirituality, and metaphysics”. That means they think you may not carefully consider what they say with logical and factual information. This company is one of the few on my site that will probably send you something for your money. However, be prepared for it to not work as advertised! They have already told you “your results may very!”

I have also received emails that asked me to help them get a refund for their purchases. As I state on all my SCAM listings, it is rare and little likely that you will ever get a refund. It may be slightly more likely in this case, since you have bought an actual product. However, you will most likely be required to ship that purchase back to Denver at your own expense, probably before any refund is provided. Since the company has already stated that your results may not be the same as stated, you may have a very difficult time proving that you did not get what you expected. Please consider these possibilities before sending any money to this corporation. Also remember, I have absolutely no connection with this company nor do I have any control over what they say or do, especially when a refund is requested. (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4 Apparently, Grandma has lost her A+ rating. There is an “Accredited Business” listing for Grandma Rosa at theDenver BBB,stating clearly that there is “No Rating” or Accreditation. The reason is: “This business has no rating because it offers services which are outside the scope of BBB evaluations”.

“Accreditation” is defined as:

“BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’s products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’s product quality or competency in performing services”. (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

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