We'd all like to know the future and be able to tell what's going to happen to us. But, in spite of what Nostradamus predicts, or what others will tell you, no one has yet come up with a foolproof prediction system. But that hasn't stopped the scammers from making you believe they have the power.
How It WorksYou get a letter in the mail offering to tell your future. It might even be personally addressed and also offer to protect you from evil presences. The letters might even be threatening, promising bad things if you don't respond.
Among their predictions are often:
- Somebody wishes you ill… a harmful person has cast a spell on you… you are the victim of a curse.
- I had a clearer vision. There is danger - someone wants to harm you!
- Spiritual powers to remove all problems forever.
- I am prepared to GUARANTEE that you will receive an enormous amount of money
- I can destroy black magic and evil spirits forever.
If you send in your money, you may receive some bland, non-personalised predictions - if you're lucky. Much more likely you'll get nothing at all in return.
How To Avoid The ScamThe simplest answer is just not to respond. But if you're tempted, before you do anything, ring Consumer Direct for advice. If you think a mail might be misleading, you can contact the Advertising Standards Authority. You can also register with the Mail Preference Service to stop all junk mail.
Above all, remember not to be intimidated by any threats in the letter. There is nothing they can do to harm you.