Psychics SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (9 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Madame Avalon

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“Revealer of Unknowable Secrets - God Gifted Miracle Worker”

This is a copy of the first of two nearly identical letters from Madame Avalon. The second letter differs only by having different dates which are noted in red. It is absolutely astounding that the new dates are exactly 286 days apart! Who’d of thought these miracles would always be that exact time apart? Can you say, “computer generated?”

Red Flag  # 1 First_Name, this letter is personal. It contains secrets between you and I[sic].

Warning First_Name! Warning!
Monday the 5th of December Saturday the 17th of September brings danger. I will protect you, but read this letter now. Please, First_Name. This is very real.

“My [...] First_Name,

“I fought back tears as I learned of your pain.

Red Flag  # 2  “You are so kind, so intelligent, and so considerate. Your suffering must end immediately. Otherwise, how can I go another day living as a miracle worker? If I do not solve your problems my soul will be desolate.

Red Flag  # 3  “There is not a day to waste. First_Name, I fear that December 5th September 17th will bring sorrow if we do not act. I will explain everything in this letter.

“Starting today there is absolutely nothing in the world for you to fear. By the 18th of February 1st of December, I will have solved every problem that causes you worry today. Write down this date First_Name and hold me to it. I swear to this without a shadow of doubt.

“Now for a few secrets. Here’s 7 that I now know about your future.”

Secret #1- No matter what any other psychic has told you, you are going to live an extremely long life, well past the age of 90. I can feel your life energy and it is as strong as any centenarian I have ever known.”

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Red Flag  # 4 Secret #2- Three times this year, you’ll have opportunities for prosperity miracles of huge magnitude. These will occur on January 9th, February 17th and May llth October 22nd, November 30th and March 3rd.”

Red Flag  # 5 Secret #3- Someone is trying to ruin your reputation. They pose as your friend but are acting purely out of jealousy. On March 28th January 10th, they will succeed if they are not stopped. (I promise to stop them in their tracks!)”

Secret #4- February 17th November 30th should be the luckiest day of your life.”

Secret #5- If you are not prepared, a terrible misfortune could occur on the 5th of December 17th of September. (I won’t let it happen!)”

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Red Flag  # 6 Secret #6- You will receive official looking mail on March 1st, and March 10th December 15th, and December 22nd. Each will convincingly announce that you are entitled to large sums of money. Each will also ask for an up front fee. These letters offer nothing more than false hope. Three weeks later on March 31st January 20th, a real announcement arrives in your mail box. You will know it when you see it and they do not ask for anything from you.”

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Secret #7- If you were just the least bit selfish, you would already be wealthy. The good news is that this year brings all the wealth you deserve in spite of your giving nature. This year we are going to make things right.”

First_Name, this is an important letter for you. I say that because I now know things about you, you do not even know about yourself yet.

“I am known as the Light of the Lost Soul. I solve problems that are emergencies. Often I am a persons last chance. I step in and instantly solve the problem. When a problem is of crisis proportion and there seems to be no way to solve it, that is when I am at my best. For this reason, those I work with do not call me their psychic, they call me their miracle worker. I simply do not fail.


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“Miracles in an instant are my trade mark. Not only can I solve any problem, often I can solve a problem in 24 hours or less. I know secrets to grant ‘instant luck’, and this will happen exactly when you need it most. If you need proof, I have it for you. First_Name, the day you hear back from me, I will share a powerful secret with you. Use it that very day to win at anything you desire. If that is not proof, what is?

“Today, financial worries weigh heavy. But that is now the past, First_Name. Prosperity miracles are what I have built my reputation on. Affluence, limitless resources and independence shall now be yours. Here is when it happens: first on January 9th October 22nd, life changing on February 17th November 30th and a SHOCKING miracle on May llth March 3rd that will leave you and all who know you speechless.

“Personally, reuniting friends and lovers, brings me the greatest fulfillment. My unique powers and secret techniques reunites anyone overnight. Regardless of the circumstance, I can mend it. One day later, they are committed to you for life...

“It is time you are rewarded for being the wonderful person you have been. You need information concerning your future. I shall prepare a comprehensive and perfectly flawless ‘Psychic Revelation Report’ for you.

“To prepare this report, First_Name, I must do many things. I leave nothing to chance. That is for the others who are mere pretenders, holding themselves out to possess the miraculous gifts that I truly do possess.

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“I will perform an empowerment ceremony to make certain that all worries that plague you now are indeed solved by the 18th of February 1st of December...

“Those are just the first precautions I take to make certain that every blessing possible finds its way into your life. My Psychic Revelation Reports are perfection...

“I take great care and pride in the accuracy of everything that I say. My competitors will often say that I cheat...

First_Name, you will soon know these things as facts. When I make a vow to you I keep it. My assurances are real. I confirm every statement that I make...”

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DANGER First_Name!: I told you that immediate danger surrounds you on Monday December 5th Saturday September 17th. A dark force is behind this...

Red Flag  # 7  “We need to get started. Please return the acknowledgement that I will type at the bottom of this letter with a $25 dollar honorarium. This will help defray the cost of all I will be doing for you. The moment I hear back from you, I will go to work recording your personal ‘Psychic Revelation Report’ and then to performing all the mystical rituals to make certain that everything happens exactly as I have foretold...”

“Love, Madame Avalon

Red Flag  # 8  “Please remove this Form and return with your $25.00 honorarium, First_Name.

“I will intervene and fill your life with the miracles described.

“I will prepare your personal ‘Psychic Revelation Report’.

“I shall perform every secret technique of supernatural magic required to solve your problems and lead you to the prosperity miracles.

“With this understanding please include a $25.00 honorarium made payable to:

“Astral Arts”

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The following image appears on a card enclosed in the package from Madame Avalon.

Supposed blessed image on enclosed card to be returned to Madame Avalon

The text below is printed on the back.

“This powerful blessed image was vested with miraculous powers in 1514.

“Hold it firmly in your hand and recite this verse aloud:

Red Flag  # 9  “‘In the name of Jesus Christ, I command all evil spirits - get thee out! Depart then, impious one, depart! Accursed one, depart with all your deceits, for God has willed that man should be His temple.’”

“After saying this aloud, return this powerful blessed image to me.”

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

Red Flag  # 1  This letter is so “personal” that it was sent third-class/bulk-rate. Would you ever send a “personal” that way? (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  Have you ever heard the phrase “Flattery will get you know where”. Often ‘flattery’ is used for exactly that purpose, of course. That is exactly why the letter uses it here. This is a common behavior pattern that every confidence scheme uses: We all want to hear something positive about ourselves and our future. You are supposed to believe that this SCAMmer knows all about your good traits, even if you don’t have them! (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  This letter also wastes no time presenting the almost always used SCAM tactic; the “Act-Before-You-Think” approach. Almost all SCAMs try to convince you that time is critical. You must act immediately! Don’t take any time to research the letter or talk to any trusted friends or family. Of course, this further begs the question about why such an urgent matter would be handled in such a cheap and non- guaranteed manner such as bulk-mailing! (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  Would you be surprised if there were a mathematical relationship between all the date pairs? Each pair is 286 days apart. But there should be no surprise, that just happens to be the number chosen for the computation variable in the automatically created letter you get. Just as your name is inserted from a name list, the dates are computed in a similar process, probably with a formula in a spreadsheet. After all, that’s one thing that makes a computer so handy for a SCAMmer! (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  The question is, of course, why would Madame Avalon simply warn of us of this threat if she actually already has the power to protect us? Isn’t that being a little selfish or even hateful of her? Wouldn’t that make her an accomplice to anything bad that will happen to us? Or maybe she just wants our money? “Pay my fee or I’ll let something happen to you.” As they say, ‘With friends like that...’ (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 6  Interestingly, Madame Avalon suggests that asking for “an up front fee” is somehow wrong. And yet, that is exactly what she wants you to do for her! Fill out the form, send in your money and then she will supply all the promised benefits and protections. “Do as I say, not as I do?” (return to # 6 Red Flag above)

You need to suspend your belief system as well as any of your logic skills to even continue reading the letter from “Madame Avalon.” Her promises of monetary wealth are only out done by her claims of success! How else can you explain such statements as “I never fail,” “my word is unimpeachable,” “I simply do not fail.“ Of course, nothing she claims can be proven until you pay her the $25 “honorarium.” It would be so much more reliable and trustworthy to have her statements “confirmed” by someone, anyone else! Even better if you actually knew or at least have heard of that person?

Red Flag  # 7  It seems to me that every thing in the letter is based on nothing more than promises. And they come from some one you have never met or even heard of. And who asks you to believe everything she says, without any tangible or verifiable means of proof. I suggest putting more of your trust in your own abilities and competencies and less on complete strangers who ask for money before supplying anything. (return to # 7 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 8  Notice that your money is called an “honorarium” not a payment for any kind of service or product. An “honorarium” is simply another name for “gift”. It is something you give away, you also give up any claims to it, you no longer own it, in any sense of the word. That also means that whoever you give it to has absolutely no requirement or obligation to ever return the gift to you, no matter what you thought should happen when you made the gift. That’s why there is never a worthwhile or useful ‘guarantee’. (return to # 8 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 9  Actually, with a bit of searching the web, I found that this is an “official” Catholic exorcism chant dated to 1614. As far as I know, “Madame Avalon” had nothing to do with creating it. (return to # 9 Red Flag above)

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