Customer beware as 'psychic' gift scam targets Irish homes
JUNK MAIL: People asked for €35 'good-luck charm' payment
A bizarre offer being made to Irish people through junk mail involves claims that a psychic wants them to receive a €20,000 gift.
At the end of an elaborate message, the person is asked to sign an official demand for the promised €20,000. They are then invited to receive a 'good-luck charm' in return for sending €35.
The payable sum of €35 is described as a purely "symbolic" amount and must be sent to a Dr Grant in The Netherlands whose title is 'President of the Club of multi-millionaires.'
The order form also asks for the person's credit card details, signature, date of birth, and telephone number.
The National Consumer Agency told the Herald that bizarre junk mail offers such as this one must place people on their guard.
"We would urge all consumers to exercise caution. If it's too good to be true, it usually is," said a spokeswoman for the agency. "You can never win a competition you didn't enter. There are hundreds of scams out there. Consumers must remain vigilant and the organisers work on percentages.
"People should also be warned about the existence of a 'Suckers List' which consists of the details of people who have fallen for scams in the past. The names and details are circulated and they are targeted more often," said the spokeswoman.
The offer states that the lucky charm, entitled 'Great Trigger of Wealth,' will give people "all the important secrets to win the lottery."
People are also assured: "You will have a veritable gift for obtaining big, very big wins at games. You will meet people who have sincere feelings for you."
Letters signed by officials of the 'multi-millionaires' club' said that a wealthy American has made a donation which allows the club to send €15,000 to the addressee. The person receiving the letter are ordered to "pay attention" and reply promptly.
The president of the club states he had a meeting with a woman who is a psychic medium who volunteered a lot of information about the addressee of the letter which was contained in a personal dossier in his possession.
He claimed the psychic took him by the hand so that he felt "a sort of electric discharge" and she told him he must contact and help the addressee. She later sent him €5,000 to add to the €15,000 already ear-marked for the lucky addressee.
There is a small asterisk in the letters which refers to almost microscopically small print which states the cheques are prizes in a draw.
The reader is assured that the letter is the first time the president of the 'multi-millionaires' club' has sent a letter "to someone he has never yet met".
The psychic is named Cornelia Dassault who is declared to have "supernatural powers" and who is "a master of all ancestral secret formulas" which attract luck and money.
In return for her €35 'good-luck charm', people need only think for a minute a day about what they most desire. Ms Dassault will then create a contact between the person, the charm and "the forces of the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn," no less.
It could also result in a number of foolish respondents getting their names placed on the 'Suckers List'.