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Quotations from a (7 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Joseph von Jalan”

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Supposed image of Joseph von Jalan

Red Flag  # 1  “2/20/2012

This is one of the only SCAM letters I’ve seen that actually shows some skill and creativity. I’ve created a separate page (linked here) just to show what I’m talking about. Take a look at the images of the outside of the envelope and the first page of the letter. Then note the inside of the envelope. Pretty realistic until you look inside!

“Dear First_Name,

“Please read this letter very carefully as it is NOT A PUBLICITY CIRCULAR!!!!
Your great day and at the same time your final chance stands waiting at the door!

Red Flag  # 2  “And thus I am writing this truly urgent reminder to you today, since after all the time of waiting and hoping, I today have the great honor of letting you know that you will at last achieve the great win of money.

“I know that you have heard this often already, but for this very reason please now read the following lines very, very carefully.


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Red Flag  # 3  “I can today announce to you that it is a given certainty that you will win a very, very large sum of money. Red Flag  # 4  And this will be in the lottery. And I am not speaking of a few ten thousand dollars, but of over a million dollars!!!!!!

“And thus I tell you today that you, dear First_Name, will receive all the information from me concerning when you must play which numbers to achieve with 100 percent certainty this one maximum win in the lottery!

Red Flag  # 5  “And you will receive this precise information from me completely free of charge any without any obligations whatsoever! And the reason for this is:

“You have unfortunately often already experienced that you have been promised good fortune and winning numbers, but never been led to the win so much hoped for. And, furthermore, you have also paid money for this and in the end you stood there empty handed.

“Now, however, dear First_Name, good fortune is now really on its way to you. And because true happiness and good fortune do not demand any money, it goes without saying that I too will not request any money from you for this good news either. This is governed by the law of trust and the belief in the perfection in human beings.

Red Flag  # 6  “Yet why, you will now be asking yourself, why you of all people, First_Name, and why now of all times...Well, the answer is very simple:

“For every person there are two to three points in time in life when he can acquire this great fortune. But most people miss these points in time because they do not recognize them and even if they were to recognize them, they would not usually know where this great fortune is waiting.

In your case, First_Name, thanks to my unique abilities as a fortune-teller of wins[sic] of money, I just happen to know that the last of these time points has not been with you yet, but is still to come! And I also know that, as a result of a special mediumistic quality of yours, you possess a sub-spiritual contact arc, that not many people are privileged to have. This means that you belong among those people to whom good fortune gives a sign.

“And this allows me to tell you precisely what this sign looks like and where and when you can find it! For this is my ability, which has led me to where I am today. I can see such signs for people and tell them about these. Thus, for you too, First_Name!

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“I know all this sounds very complicated and I would thus like to tell you this once again in very simple words:

“First_Name, I will tell you when, where and how you can soon achieve a great win of money and, furthermore, how you will achieve this with certainty!

“To do so, I will send you a precise description of how, when and where your luck in the lottery is waiting and along with this you will receive the corresponding winning numbers.

“And all this I will do for you completely free of charge; I shall not request a single penny from you. Not today, not tomorrow, never!

“If I should put this information together for you and send it to you free of charge, then please reply to me with the “Magic Voucher”, enclosed with my letter, and send it to me. It is important for me that you also answer the two questions on the “Magic Voucher”, as I need these in order to work everything out correctly on your behalf.

“And thus I today implore you in your own personal interest:

“Grasp the good fortune now, First_Name, as it is not only your very last chance, but it also costs you nothing except your reply to me.


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Supposed signature of Joseph von Jalan

“Issued by Joseph von Jalan for

“First_Name Last_Name
Street Address
City, ST Zip Code

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“If you, First_Name Last_Name, send this magic voucher along with the answers to the following questions back to me, Joseph von Jalan, then I will work out and send you all the information you need to recognize the final point in time still left in your life when you can win the great fortune with certainty. And this in your case means in concrete terms one of the maximum wins in the lottery!

“Please now answer the following questions for me, then complete this magic voucher with your signature and send it back to me.

“I shall then work everything out for you and send you my analysis with all the information completely free of charge (naturally without any charge for dispatch and delivery either)!

“Reply from First_Name Last_Name to Joseph von Jalan

Red Flag  # 7  “Question 1 to First_Name: What is your father’s first name?

“Your Answer: ____________

“Question 2 to First_Name: Please tell me your date of birth:

“Your Answer: ___________________

“Yes, dear Joseph von Jalan, please do everything for me as described and FREE OF CHARGE. I do not have to pay you a fee. I also authorize you to undertake everything necessary to achieve the GOOD and POSITIVE goal for me as described! Please mail the information when I must play which numbers to achieve the maximum win in the lottery to:

“First_Name Last_Name
 Street Address
 City, ST Zip Code

“Signature: _____________________

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Magic Voucher stamped


“Intended recipient: First_Name Last_Name, City”

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Red Flag  # 1  Please remember, as I state in the ‘footer’ of each page on this site, my aunt died in mid-2010. The “2/20/2012” date simply points out that these SCAM letters are not at all ‘personal’ in any way, they are simply mass produced from purchased mailing lists. Those lists are almost always out-of-date by the time they are used, of course. It is almost humorous to see a ‘psychic’ tell about future events and even current problems for people no longer alive. It’s almost humorous, but not when you consider that these SCAM letters affect everyone who loses money by paying these frauds! (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  All SCAMs want you to think that their information, and especially, your response is urgent. The main purpose is to get you to fall into the “Act-Before-You-Think” trap. This usually includes demands that you never discuss or show the letter to anyone. That is often reinforced by claims that you should not trust anyone, only the SCAMmer. (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  “ is a given certainty” Welcome to the indoctrination section of this SCAM. In this section, you will be told how powerful and wise “Mr. von Jalan” is. He has all the secrets about your current life and your future possibilities. You will be asked to put your full and complete trust in him… a total stranger! Does that sound like an intelligent thing to do? Not to me! (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  Notice that “Mr. von Jalan” also follows the format of other SCAMs; he seldom names specific times, places, or events. He says your winnings will be from “the” lottery. But he specifically hides the exact name and even the time this lottery. This is just another part of his attempt to get you to reply immediately! You wouldn’t want to miss the lottery, right? I suggest you relax and take some time to consult with some trusted friends or family members. That is, if you are still alive, unlike the recipient who received this letter some 18 months after her death. (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  “…completely free of charge” There are several reasons for this claim:

One: This is part of the attempt to build your trust of the total stranger called: “Mr. von Jalan”

Two: It helps to discourage any temptation to delay your response.

Three: I am willing to wager that you will get even more SCAMs mailed to you because your reply to this one makes that much more likely. As much as 97% of these types of mailings are never read or even opened. But one that is replied to makes that name and address much more valuable since it means there is someone there that will, at least, read the letter! Don‘t even give “Mr. von Jalan” that much!

Four: Sooner or later, you will be asked to pay. “Mr. von Jalan” and his ilk are not philanthropists, they are frauds who take money and provide you with absolutely nothing of value. (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 6  “Why me?” “Why now?” Those is a great questions to ask! Everyone who gets these SCAM letters should be asking the same questions. However, don’t be fooled by the ‘answer’ given by the SCAMmer! They are not writing to provide you with facts! The ‘simple’ answer is that your full name and address were on the mailing list that was purchased by “Mr. Joseph von Jalan”. This cheap SCAMer is just like all the others. They don’t even take the time to write a real letter; they simply use a word processing ‘template’ on a computer to fill any ‘place holders’ with the information on a mailing list. Makes no difference if the recipient is alive or dead. Figuring that out would just waste valuable time and the prospects of making money on each letter is simply not worth it. Thousand, sometimes tens of thousands of these letters get mailed, they simply can’t take time to weed out a few bad addresses. They could, of course, buy a mailing list that has up-to-date info would be even more expensive. (return to # 6 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 7  WARNING! This is the only SCAM letter I have that asks for both your birthdate and your father’s first name. I talk about how much information a SCAMmer can get after they also get you birthdate on many other pages on my site. Having this info makes it much easier to get things like your Social Security number. If they also have your father’s first name, they can verify things like your birth certificate. Having these two things would be bad enough, but there, they are almost limitless in what they can get, while making you responsible for any damages. They could also simply ‘steal’ your identity, bank, and credit card accounts!

Please, never give these bits of information to a stranger. Never give them to anyone without knowing who they are and why they need it! (return to # 7 Red Flag above)

I came across another site in Australia, indicating that “Mr. von Jalan” is not limiting his appeals (SMACs) to the United States. Here is a link to a page on the Western Austraila Department of Commercesite that has some thoughts about this “gentleman” that you might find interesting. There is also a list of SCAMs that usually come via email there. I‘ve not attempted to cover any of those named there (except von Jalan, of course) but it would be wise to have those names in mind when talking with your older friends and family that use email.

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