Millions of people have fallen victim to the Maria Duval scheme. Maria Duval was a small-town French psychic and owner of the organization Astroforce until 1997, when it was sold to a Hong Kong-based company, Health Tips Ltd.
The company sent mail targeting the elderly and the sick. The fraudulent letters are from a fake “Maria Duval” psychic. The letters, printed out to look hand-written, tell the recipient that the psychic woman could change the recipient’s life for the better. The victims are charged $20 to $100 for transactions. In return, “Maria Duval” will send them a cheap talisman or crystal. The letters claim the objects are charged with positive energy.
The sick and the elderly, unfortunately, believed the claims of good fortune. It is estimated around $150 million was taken from U.S. victims alone.
Flags and Prevention:
One word: Psychic. Step away.
Emotional Upset, Disappointment. Theft of money.