Psychics, clairvoyants and other lucky charms
Psychic scams prey on people’s vulnerabilities. Self-proclaimed psychics claim to have had visions or have foreseen your lucky numbers. For a fee, they will send your lucky numbers, “wish amplifiers”, talisman or other paraphernalia, which will bring you great personal wealth, often through playing lotteries or other games of chance. The talisman are often plastic junk items such as beads or even cards.
We have had cases where consumers have sent tens of thousands of dollars to these operators – all in the name of “good luck”.
These scam artists have probably obtained your name and address from a mailing list. Respond once and you will be targeted for further scams.
Psychic scams prey on people’s vulnerabilities by promising to change their lives through lucky charms and winning lottery numbers.
Often these so-called psychics do not exist. They are fictional characters created by mailing companies to fleece you of your money. The pictures accompanying the psychics’ biographies are purchased from commercial photography libraries. The models in these photographs probably have no idea that their image is being used to scam people.
These so-called psychics do not know you and have got your name from a mailing list.
Some points to remember are:
Always guard your personal details to ensure you don’t end up on a scammers’ mailing list.
Think twice before responding to offers of free horoscopes – this is one ploy used by some scammers to get your details.
Before entering into competitions, check the privacy provisions to see whether your personal details will be passed on to third parties.
Always read the fine print on any offer.
Don’t hand over your credit card details to unknown companies.
If you are interested in contacting a psychic, deal with locals rather than a faceless person, a PO Box or an overseas return address.
How do I get my name off their mailing list?
Normally, WA ScamNet advises consumers not to respond to scam offers because it confirms that your address or email details are correct.
But many psychic scams are operated by mailing companies, some of whom are now offering money back guarantees if their lucky charm does not work.
If you have sent money to a psychic scammer, ask for a refund. WA ScamNet contributors, who have tried this approach, have received their money back.
We also suggest that you write to these companies and ask that they take your name off their mailing list.
It is important to state your name and address exactly as it is typed on the letter or email you received. If you receive multiple letters, check whether your name and address is spelt differently. Click here to view a template letter that you might like to use.
To date, WA ScamNet has not been able to gauge the success in having names removed from mailing lists. However we believe it is worth a try.
Please contact us in a few months time and tell us how successful you have been, and whether the volume of scam mail has reduced.
If there is no information offering a money back guarantee or the ability to unsubscribe, then don’t respond to the letter or email.
Joseph von Jalan - Clairvoyant
At WA ScamNet we didn’t need a crystal ball to know that we’d be naming and shaming another clairvoyant scam; even though we’ve issued warnings about 90 or so previously. A number of copies of a letter and voucher from Joseph von Jalan have been sent to Consumer Protection by concerned Western Australians who felt vulnerable members of the community may be duped; WA ScamNet agrees.
A letter from someone claiming to be Amanda Kane, clairvoyant, says that she wants to help the recipient by making a generous offer. She claims she will send you a cheque for $39,000 plus the “Great Secret Wish Amplifier” called a “Divinor” and a magic necklace. All this for the “tiny sum” of $60. It does not take any magical powers to foresee you will not receive any money.
Clairvoyant Angela Almera, from the Netherlands, is retiring and wants you to be the very last person she is ever going to help to become a winner. But when we did a search for her name on the Internet, the first item was a warning from the New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs about her.
Angelique de Succes
“You are one of the 12 people whose vibrations match the secret” so says clairvoyant Angelique de Succes in a personally addressed letter. Hang on Angelique, what about the hundreds of other Western Australians you have sent the same letter to? Are they also part of the chosen 12? Angelique can reveal to you the “most important secret in the world”. Why pay $65 to Angelique when WA ScamNet holds the key to this secret – it’s a SCAM.
Anna Pfeiffer claims she is known as “Madame Luck” because of her uncanny ability to predict lucky lottery numbers. Anna has received some press coverage in England – but all for the wrong reasons. The press coverage relates to warnings issued by UK authorities about Anna being a psychic scam.
Antonio Divito claims the Divito Institute is the only institution authorised to distribute the famous “worry dolls” (magical dolls of happiness) of Guatemala for the princely sum of $46. Antonio Divito must be living in dream world because we found lots of websites selling the dolls for as little as $2 a set of six – including sites whose products are sourced from members of the Fair Trade Federation.
Blanche Calmette, Clairvoyant
Dear Blanche Calmette, clairvoyant When reading the future, did you predict that Western Australian consumers would send their letters from you to WA ScamNet? We think your letter is about developing a “sucker list” to sell to other mail order sharks. But you already knew that.
According to Christie, you have been selected to be the recipient of “Special Grand Celestial File of Fortune and Good Luck called Good Fortune at the click of the fingers”. Fine print conditions inside the envelope make it clear that the aim is to promote and sell the company’s products.
“Blazing luck at “chance” games ... Entrancing magic for found again love … Dazzling financial success in every domain … Cosmic protection against harmful influences ... Power of supreme influence over beings, things and destiny.” Be warned that this is only one example of a Claire Bonhuer letter. There may be other letters peddling similar useless lucky charms and paraphernalia. Don’t be taken in by this letter. It’s just a scam.
Countess Maria Romanova
Countess Maria Romanova has your best interests at heart, or so she would have you believe. Countess Maria describes her luck and fortune secret as infallible and “guarantees” the accuracy of her predictions, or your money back. But don’t rely on it. Take Maria’s advice and the only thing you can be assured of is that you won’t see your money again
Djima is a self professed clairvoyant of money based games and is urgently asking you to send him money. Don’t reply to this scam, if Djima really does exist his visions of financial gain are probably of his own wealth from unfortunate people falling for his tricks. If you have purchased a Radiant cross then take him up on his offer to buy it back and let ScamNet know how you go.
GSP Psychic Scams - various
A range of scams involving bogus psychics and clairvoyants are flooding letter boxes with the only guarantee about the receiver’s future being that they will be out of pocket if they respond. The various scams offer to give the lucky recipients winning lottery numbers, good luck charms to improve financial fortunes and ways to unlock the secrets of winning games of chance. But not for free of course! All scams suggest a payment of good faith ranging from $29.90 to $100.
For a token $29.90, Helena Bright, a graduate of the renowned World Institute of Applied Para-Psychology and a flash medium clairvoyant since birth, promises you will win so much money you will not know where to put it! You have been chosen. Helena might have a heart of gold in wanting to pay her mate a slice of the action, but we reckon you would be better off leaving this scam well alone.
Honorine and Gerald
Your aura is in chromatic depression and only psychic soul mates Honorine and Gerald can help. What is chromatic depression? WA ScamNet has never heard of it but apparently it has something to do with the aura losing colour and becoming totally transparent. Poor aura! Obviously this is another useless psychic scam. WA ScamNet doubts that Honorine and Gerald actually exist.
Incentive Merchandise Liquidation
This company is kindly informing consumers that they have been authorised to receive an RCA 65" television valued at US$4,500 and they can receive it as easily as sending the liquidation fee of just US$29.95.Switch off this offer and keep your money as the close typed small print on the reverse of the form tells you in a round about way that you've got "buckleys" of getting anything even close to $29.95US in value, never mind $4,500US.
Oh, hang on, the Association for the Control of Efficacy of Clairvoyants certainly sounds very impressive and official all that’s pretty meaningless when you think about it. Anybody can get this kind of stuff printed up – crests and stamps and signatures and all, marked as being from an association that doesn’t exist. So don’t be fooled. The creation of an impression of being ‘official’ and legitimate is a standard trick of scammers.
You are one of four people Swiss Astro-numerologist Johann Christensen has chosen to pass on the secret of great wealth. If Johann knows the valuable alchemic secret and is such a generous soul, why does he need to charge $32 to share it with you? That’s right. This is another pesky psychic scam.
Dutch star clairvoyant and cosmetologist Julie Haley has chosen you to receive the CristAnandaMagic, a crystal that contains the secret treasures of Ma Ananda Moyi, an Indian woman saint. Fine print at the bottom of the certificate to be returned to Julie states: “Julie Hayley is not a real person, but a trademark of ‘Calypso’ and the offer made is a commercial proposition.” Well surprise, surprise!
Krysto De La Tour
Krysto De La Tour has been extremely busy. This self described ‘jade-eyed clairvoyant’ and medium, operating out of Switzerland, is a prolific letter writer, and he has been targeting Western Australians with predictions of true happiness, success, and unimaginable luck! Without needing to access either your money or personal details, WA ScamNet can also predict your future. Respond to this persistent shyster, and you’ll be ripped off.
Just imagine your luck when Laure Athol sends you a personal cheque declaring you the grand winner of $22,250, “the sole grand winner” plucked from the 20 million plus population of Australia. WA ScamNet doesn’t have a crystal ball or psychic powers but believes it is quite plain to see the cheque for $22,250 Ms Athol promises she has written out for you is non-existent.
Madame Arachnea and her psychic Swiss spider
Madame Arachnea's spider ensnares your winning lottery numbers - or you will be condemned to hell for ignoring the letter. Naturally, this psychic spider did not foretell how many of Madame Arachnea's letters would be sent to WA ScamNet. Or maybe the spider tricked her with its own web of deceit?
Madame Soleil was a famous French astrologer but the clairvoyant Madame Soleil, who is currently writing to consumers offering 11 exceptional miracles, is not the real Madame Soleil . This is a typical psychic scam full of fake predictions and empty promises. Be warned that there may be other variations of this letter.
Poor Marc Smiths. He has won millions with his lucky Glistening Golden Coin. This is a very ham-fisted attempt to con you out of your money by trying to empathise with your circumstances while, at the same time, trying to illicit sympathy for the plight of the Smiths family. This so-called “battler-made-good” even lets you pay your $50 by credit card! How many people do you know have a credit card facility?
Maria de Fortune
Maria’s letter offers ‘a fairy tale life’. Maria gives an absolute guarantee and offers a refund if you are not completely happy within four months. Do you believe in fairy tales? Maria is one of many overseas companies who send these types of letters in bulk. Send them in to us and keep your money in your pocket.
Like so many other scams, Zholtan creates a sense of urgency by telling you to reply within 24 hours or you forfeit your chance to be part of the lucky 444. If you participate, by paying up to $125 as a “small symbolic contribution”, Zholtan will not only send you your personal “visionary” numbers but also the precious “Magic-Lotto”, a crystal ball on a stand especially “programmed to unblock [your] chronic bad luck on the lottery”
Peruvian-born Michelle Alby, from Holland, claims to be one of the greatest clairvoyants of all time and that her gifts are recognised by the scientific community. Do not respond to this letter. It is just another psychic scam. Some scams, like this one, try to scare you into parting with your money. At the end of the day, you will be handing over $98 for hot air and a cheap gold-coloured chain.
This is a typical psychic scam letter. Mikael (we doubt that such a person exists) does not know you personally. He has got your name from a mailing list. You are just one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have received the same letter. Do not fall for this sham. If you respond and send off your money, the only thing you will receive is more psychic scam letters.
A lucky gambling genie will make all your financial dreams come true, according to the wizard of gambling Milka Petrovna. Forget the lucky gambling genie, if you respond to this letter you will be opening a Pandora’s box of other scams.This scam has a Swiss return mailing address of CH 1172 Bougy Villars. Can’t somebody grant our wish for all psychic scams to disappear!
The NT Society
You than receive a Booklet that introduces the “10 second miracle” . According to Jeff Hanson, Director of Membership (or Publisher depending on the letter you receive), the second and final instalment is for the Nuova Tech Discovery book (553 pages) or the Neo-Tech World book (7400) pages that contain the secrets. And it only costs $192.00 or $196. It takes about 10 seconds to realise that this offer is a scam and will produce no miracles!
Miss Malinda also wants to send you your “Complete and Confidential Personal Lunar Revolution Astrological Forecast” which will bring you luck, money and everything you need for complete happiness. The cost is $53. Sounds wonderful until you read the conditions, sneakily printed on the inside of the envelope containing your letter.
This pathetic letter is a load of codswallop! Why does she need to charge you money if she can use the formula to win up to $5 million herself? With $5 million, she could set up a real charity foundation and help the needy rather than scam money off people. The reason she is chasing you for money is that the formula doesn’t work!.” This is a typical psychic scam. Don’t waste your money on this rubbish!
Nelchael, of Switzerland, claims a cheque in the amount of $340,000 will be given to you, in your hands, next month. Nelchael claims he seldom proposes this type of intervention. Try telling that to the thousands of others who also received this mass mail-out. This is a typical psychic scam. None of our contributors have ever received a big lotto win after sending money off to a psychic scam. All they have received is useless trinkets.
Nostradamus Research Centre
We can safely predict that the Dear Friends who send $20 to Nostradamus will not have $20. We further predict that they will get lots of mail saying that, for various fees, they can find out if they have already won prizes in overseas lotteries they have not entered. Just amazing! Funny how Nostradamus and his Oracles didn't predict how so many of their Dear Friends would react to a combination of fear and greed - by sending their special invitation to WA ScamNet.
A ghost attached to your supernatural veil has foreseen your $700 million Lotto win, according to the letter from spectrologist Professor Djemaro. We think that Professor Djemaro is an apparition himself because the fine print states that the Professor’s identity and photograph are not legally binding.
Professor Poona is the sole holder of age-old secrets of the “Dream Dust for Money”. “Dream Dust of Money” – yeh, right! Try pure “bulldust”. All you are likely to get for your $81 is a packet of cheap silver glitter and a lifetime of other fake psychic scam letters from Switzerland.
This silent movie wannabe will personally do a cosmic intervention which will cost you $48, $64, $80, or $95. Isn’t it nice that Radia has given you a choice about how much money she will con out of you? Personally we think that even $48 is a lot to pay for a candle and some mumbo jumbo made up by the people behind the Radia scam. Of course, Radia is not real.
Great mystical clairvoyant and international renowned diviner Rebecca was in the process of working with her divining rods on a big investment project for a businessman when . . . she came into instant telepathic contact with you. Fantastic … you are a lucky person or maybe not.Interestingly, another psychic Rachel (also featured in WA ScamNet) has the same mailing address as Rebecca. It doesn’t take a divining rod to know that if you respond to Rebecca’s offer, you will soon get a letter from Rachel – if you haven’t already got one!
Rebecca - druid magician
Rebecca would have you believe if you want natural positive energy to penetrate you and bring you your share of good luck you should also pick a few fragments of plants and post them to her in the envelope. Be kind to your plants and don’t send them to Rebecca in Switzerland and be kinder to yourself by not sending your credit card details, cheque or money order to this scammer.
Research Group Concerning the Miracles of Lourdes
We all would like something or someone to come into our lives and make things better without us having to try very hard ourselves. The people behind scams know it. ….and they play on it. But WA ScamNet has seen this kind of operation again and again, and they all look the same and use the same tricks against you
Rose Hart of Switzerland is one of several contenders for the dubious honour of the top psychic scam. Her confidential messages "from beyond" to "you and you alone" came to WA ScamNet by the boxful. Each predicted imminent wealth - for a fee. Who could have foreseen that letters from Rose Hart predicting huge winnings would often be followed by an opportunity to invest in an overseas lottery or prize draw?
Ryan is not a real person. The name was registered as a trademark by UK company, Lancore International Limited, in September 2005. This letter has probably been sent to thousands of people around the globe, not the seven people the letter states. If you respond to this scam, the only thing you are guaranteed of receiving is more scam psychic letters.
Have you ever wanted good fortune, money, happiness and a youthful glow? This is close to everyone’s dream but Sandra Rochefort claims she has some divine powers to help you achieve this. Don’t be fooled by her trickery, especially if it is just a computer inserting your name in key spots through the letter. Save your money and invest in your own future.
Serena’s fine print offers an ‘universal and unconditional guarantee’. However, the very fine print states that the guarantee is not related to results, just a seven-day cooling off period if you are not satisfied, provided you write back to a specified address. Save yourself the postage and don’t respond.
It’s a shame there is NO truth in anything Smaranda writes. No priest of honour would get involved in a scam like this. And “Mahabo” is actually a city in Burma. Maybe Smaranda meant to write “mumbo jumbo” because that’s all this letter is about. Smaranda has got your name off a mailing list and knows nothing about you.
Sophie Bardot claims to be the world’s only clairvoyant specialised in money-based games of chance. Sophie’s skills are obviously not up to scratch otherwise she’d know that there are plenty of so-called psychics making similar claims. In fact, WA ScamNet contributors regularly receive letters from so-called gaming wizards peddling lucky lottery grids or booklets.
Spectres of Ill Omen Thwarted by Chrystal's Sceptre
Every now and again a scam comes along which really gets us angry at WA ScamNet, and this is one of those scams. Some of our readers may have seen the Department’s media release on the Sceptre of Atlantis and are already aware of this nefarious scam, but for those who haven’t please read on.
Supreme Council of 12
Mikael has written to quite a few WA ScamNet contributors as President of, and on behalf of, the “Supreme Council of 12”, telling them how he and the rest of the Council conducted 7-hour, indepth study into their particular “cases” to come up with “an immediate solution” for each person. With 29 contributors receiving letters from Mikael in October alone, I wonder if the Supreme Council ever stop to get some sleep……
Self-proclaimed “Money Master Medium” Thomas Lyson claims to be the number one clairvoyant in the USA. And he promises that with the information he supplies, you will break the “Lotto bank”. He even guarantees that you will pocket a minimum of $37,000 every three months. If you fall for this rubbish, the only thing you will break is your own or your partner’s heart at how easily you lost $40!
Wow, a double money back guarantee! The only problem with the guarantee and Zolar’s promises is a carefully worded fine print “note” which reads: “The information in this letter is provided to you for entertainment purposes only, and nothing that is expressed or implied in letter should be construed as having pre-knowledge or paranormal, mystical or psychic information pertaining to you and/or a family member.”