Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Psychic scams prey on people's emotional vulnerabilities. Self-proclaimed psychics claim to have had visions or have foreseen your lucky numbers. These scamsters advise that you could come into a fortune if only you send funds to mail boxes for talismans, golden eggs or fortune telling guides to personal wealth. Or that the psychic will give you a reading or session. And of course, it usually starts with a free reading, "just for you".
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.
The material is normally bulk mailed from overseas thought it appears to be specifically written to you (thousands of others may have been mailed the same request).
If you received a letter from a psychic, 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.
See below for specific scams and see this page for how to try to get a refund and how to stop their emails.
The most recently added scams are listed below. All the names have appeared on promotional material mailed to residents of the U.S. and other countries. Click on the links (on names that are blue and underlined) for additional details.
These so-called psychics do not actually know you. They simply got your name from a mailing list. These mailing lists are lists of names and email addresses that scammers sell to each other. The names and addresses on them are people who they believe are gullible victims. The addresses were harvested by spyware from online forums and discussion groups where you may have left a note and from viruses and spyware that harvest email addresses from Outlook contact lists from infected personal computers.
Some points to remember are:
If you have paid money, ask them for a refund 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 there is no information offering a money back guarantee or the ability to unsubscribe, then don't respond to the letter or email.
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.
If you have not paid them and have not responded to them, don't reply to them - that will just ensure you get more spam, because you are confirming that your address is active. Instead, just change your email address.
To whom it may concern
I am writing to request that I not receive any further mail and state as follows:
1. Please remove my name and address from your mailing list and the mailing list of your associated companies;
2. Please do not pass my name and address to any other companies;
3. Please notify your list broker to remove my name and address from their mailing list.
Name (as it appears on letter)
Address (as it appears on letter)
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