Astrology and Psychic Scams:
Did Maria Duval contact you? Can Maria Duval help you turn your life around or
"come into money"? People desperate to improve their lives will often turn to
bizarre methods. While there are many religions and beliefs in the world, one
thing is constant, scammers seek to exploit the desperation and naïveté of
gullible people everywhere. While it is often difficult to prove that an
astrologer or psychic is a scam artist, because they are usually careful to speak in vague
generalities and not make specific claims or promises, it is safe to say that
ANY psychic or astrologer who contacts you IS a scammer. Their motive is money;
your money. Sooner or later, that becomes apparent with all scammers.
Another so-called astrologer and psychic, Maria Duval (from France, the U.S. or Hong Kong) is exposed as a fraud on
many websites and forums.
Maria Duval is a pseudonym of Carolina Maria Gambia (Milan,
1938). She was the owner of Astroforce until it was sold in 1997 to Health Tips
Ltd in Hongkong (now Harmonie Ltd). Then she became President of the Institute
for Parapsychological Research in Callas, a small town near Nice. 
Astroforce has since then been acting as Maria Duval, a psychic who uses her
telepathic gifts to help people solve their problems or fulfill their wishes.
Astroforce also sells its mailing list to direct marketing companies.
The company places advertisements in newspapers or magazines. People who reply
will receive several letters in the next months and years. These letters are
mass produced but address the recipient personally.
Each letter pretends to be sent by Maria Duval and offers some sort of help in
return for money. The letter makes claims like:
She has been making accurate & verifiable predictions for
the past 23 years in at least 2,400 TV shows and 8,400 radio broadcasts
Her achievements have been featured in over 700 newspaper
She has been able to predict:
She regularly works with doctors and the police
She has been able to telepathically locate at least 19 missing persons
International celebrities come from all over the world to consult her
Complaints that these claims are false have been upheld by
courts and governments in the UK and Australia. 
The letter then continues for about 8 to 10 pages. Duval claims she has
telepathically received an important and urgent message, specially for the
recipient of the letter. A special constellation of the stars (or something like
that) means that an important time period has begun in the life of the
recipient. The most important wishes of the recipient can become reality now,
but only with the assistance of Maria Duval.
This assistance amounts to an item which Duval will sent to the recipient and
rituals she will perform, specially for the recipient. The item could be a
'Vibrating Crystal' which is supposed to function as a telepathic connection, a
pentagram to put under the pillow of the recipient, a mascot, an amulet or
talisman, a book with occult secrets or a secret manual to charge up the spirit
with magnetic vibrations. Often the recipient has to perform some rituals as
well, at the same moment when Duval performs her rituals. These services usually
costs about 100 USD, but in this special case the recipient gets a discount and
only has to pay about half the normal price.
These letters seem to be written by professional marketeers using several well
know marketing methods. 
Complaints about the letters of Astroforce were upheld by the Advertising
Standards Authority in the UK in December 1999. Complaints about its
advertisements were upheld in the UK in March 2000. In 2005 Astroforce
stopped its New Zealand advertising after a complaint by the Consumers'
Institute of New Zealand.
Here is an example of the Maria Duval scam:
We have not got a current example - if you receive one, please forward it
If you received a letter
from a psychic or astrologer, please send us a copy! This is only one example of this so-called
psychic’s letter. There may be other letters peddling similar useless lucky
charms and paraphernalia.
page for how to try to get a refund and how to stop their emails.
Below are links to other exposes' and discussions of the Maria Duval
this web site
for more discussions from defrauded victims of Maria Duval's
who state why they know her to be a fake.
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
Paul Van Buitenen
b Advertising Standards Authority,
Astroforce Ltd t/a Maria Duval, (t/a = trading as)
The Maria Duval Business
- Advertising Standards Authority,
Astroforce Ltd t/a Maria Duval
- Consumers' Institute of New Zealand,
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