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Rip-Off Alert: Personalized psychic readings just a ploy

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Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 5/28/2014 2:52 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — In this Rip-Off Alert, customers were expecting personalized psychic readings but instead they paid a fee for a worthless piece of paper.

U.S. Postal Inspector Al Herzog says victims were told “they were going to get rich; they were going to have a big house, come into big fortune” in a letter from someone they thought was a real astrologer or fortune teller.

“Some of these people were otherwise pretty down on their luck,” Herzog said. “And they got a letter in the mail telling them that all the things going on in their life would turn around.”

For a monthly fee, victims expected personalized astrological readings, but that’s not what they got.

“Each potential victim received the letter because their name appeared on the mailing list,” Herzog said. “Whereas they were led to believe the astrologer or psychic had a ‘vision’ about them.”

The company also sent victims trinkets that it claimed had special powers.

“The items were reportedly sent to someone specifically picked out by astrologer somehow magical or unique, whereas our investigation showed, they were purchased in bulk from China,” Herzog said.

The victims could have avoided being scammed.

“In this case if people would have done some very simple Internet searches,” Herzog said. “They would have seen people posting on various consumer blogs on the Internet, complaints about these companies.

“If receiving a letter in the mail can be an indication that you are somehow win good fortune that’s probably something that is a little too good to be true, things don’t generally come that easy.”

The owner of the company involved paid a hefty fine and was ordered to change his solicitations to more accurately reflect what he is really selling.


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