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Psychic Scam, Winning Lottery Numbers

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Posted: November 5, 2007, 11:44 pm - IP Logged

The 3 Most Common Psychic Scams

1) Psychic Hotlines. This isn't a scam in  the sense that
it's illegal, but if you dial a "900" number for a  quick
astrology or tarot card reading, chances are the person
on the other  end doesn't even claim to be psychic.

Worse, some of these "psychics" are  told to keep you on the
line for as long as possible, so you'll rack up  minute after
minute of costly phone time. The one thing we CAN predict  is
that you'll be startled when you receive your next phone bill.   ;-)

2) Winning Lottery Numbers. Whether online or in-person, you
may  encounter a psychic who "sees" that you have money
problems, or should be  earning more (how many of us could
dispute that?).

The answer to your  troubles, she'll say, is that you're about
to win a lottery or that you  should use certain numbers, which
she'll provide, to win an upcoming  lottery.

Hours or days later, you learn via email that you've  --
miracle of miracles! -- won a lottery you've never heard of,
or won an  obscure "lottery" you entered with the winning
numbers given to you by the  fortune teller.

(Naturally, the only reason you were contacted by  the
"lottery" is because you provided the scammer with your
contact  information, including an email address.)

These lotteries are, of course,  fakes, and are usually
designed to elicit financial information such as a  bank
account number, where your "winnings" will be deposited.

If  you're foolish enough to provide this information, your
bank account can be  cleaned out.

3) You've Been "Cursed!" For the clever AND patient  scammer,
this routine pulls in THE biggest cash amount. These scammers 
focus on finding victims who are clearly distraught about a
personal or  professional loss.

Typically, the victim will meet the scammer at her  storefront
"psychic" shop or a street fair. It begins innocently --  when
the patron pays a few dollars for a tarot card reading,
fortune  telling or palm reading. But the "insights" spilling
from the psychic's mouth  sometimes convince the victim to
eventually spend thousands of  dollars.

In most cases, the psychic tells the victim that he/she  has
"recently faced a loss or separation of some kind." (In the
victim's  mind, this could be anything from a failed romance to
a death in the family  -- including a pet -- to a financial
reversal, and it also depends on how one  defines "recent.")

Often, the victim will then tell the scammer about  this
"recent" incident -- after which the psychic informs the
person that  she must light special candles or perform rituals
that will remove the  "curse" that caused the separation/loss.

Some victims have been told that  money they've inherited was
"cursed," and needed to be "cleansed" at midnight  ceremonies
in cemeteries. Unsurprisingly, many fortune tellers  are
apparently caught up in these curses and mysteriously vanish
with the  evil money.

The bottom line: all of the "materials" and "procedures"  the
psychic needs to rid you (or your money) of a "curse" require
HUGE  amounts of YOUR money.

People have been known to max out credit cards,  empty bank
accounts, and purchase flat screen TVs, theater tickets  and
cruise ship vacations for their psychic "benefactors" in order
to  convince the "spirits" to remove their curses or bring them
good  luck.

Some victims have participated in these scams for more than  a
decade!


Red Flags

Now that you know what to look for,  your task is MUCH easier.
But it's still important to be vigilant. Watch out  for the
following:

-- If you want to have any kind of psychic reading,  always ask
the price before starting. It certainly shouldn't cost an  arm
and a leg.

-- If a fortune teller says you have a curse, need a  lucky
charm or should have special candles and/or prayers said for
you,  don't just walk away -- RUN!

-- Don't call a psychic hotline, unless you  have money to burn.

-- Delete spam from any alleged psychic.

--  Delete emails regarding lotteries that you've never entered
or heard  of.

___________________________________________

From internet Scam Busters.org 

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

Lep

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

    Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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    Posted: November 5, 2007, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

    You won't find me getting scammed.

    Gonna win.Big Smile

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      Posted: November 6, 2007, 1:32 am - IP Logged

      Send me your dirty filthy cursed money and I will clean it for you.

      BobP

      * Warning: Deep cleaning of extra cursed money may remove all printing resulting in white paper, management will not be responsible for this outcome.

        truecritic's avatar - PirateTreasure
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        Posted: November 6, 2007, 4:52 am - IP Logged

        Send me your dirty filthy cursed money and I will clean it for you.

        BobP

        * Warning: Deep cleaning of extra cursed money may remove all printing resulting in white paper, management will not be responsible for this outcome.

        I think I have your process figured out.   I used Tide! Wink 

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          Posted: November 7, 2007, 10:48 pm - IP Logged

          I think I have your process figured out.   I used Tide! Wink 

          Green laughNow that there is funny, I don't care what anyone says!!! LOL

          If you use Cheer, you can even get the white out of the paper!!!

            Littleoldlady's avatar - basket
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            Posted: November 11, 2007, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

            This so funny!! But alas it is also so true!!LOL

            My take was always if you are SO psychic, why do you have to answer phones for a living?

            If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

            You never know when you will get another hit.