New York – U.S. Shuts Down International ‘Psychic’ Mail Fraud


    FILE - A view shows U.S. postal service mail boxes at a post office in Encinitas, California February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mike BlakeNew York – U.S. authorities on Monday said they have shut down a long-running international “psychic” mail fraud operation that bilked more than a million Americans, including many who were elderly or infirm, out of more than $180 million.

    A federal judge has approved a consent decree that bans Montreal’s Infogest Direct Marketing, Hong Kong’s Destiny Research Center Ltd and six individuals from using the U.S. mail system to send ads, promotional materials and solicitations on behalf of alleged psychics, astrologers and clairvoyants.

    In a scheme dating to 2000, the defendants were accused of sending seemingly personalized form letters in which French psychics Maria Duval and Patrick Guerin predicted great wealth, such as winning the lottery, for people who bought products and services to ensure their good fortune came to pass.

    One such letter touted how Duval and Guerin shared “clear visions” that recipients would come into “massive sums of money on games of chance,” so long as they paid $50 for a “mysterious talisman” and a copy of “My Invaluable Guide to My New Life.”

    Authorities said people who bought products or services would be “bombarded” with additional solicitations. More than 56 million pieces of mail were sent in the past decade, they added.

    “To line their own pockets, the defendants preyed upon the superstition and desperation of millions of vulnerable Americans,” U.S. Attorney Robert Capers for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement.

    The civil consent decree was negotiated by Capers’ office, and approved by U.S. District Judge Sandra Feuerstein in Central Islip, New York.

    None of the defendants admitted wrongdoing. A lawyer for the defendants did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    The case is U.S. v. Metro Data Management Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, No. 14-06791.

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    1. Unfortunately we too get trapped into these schemes when we go running to unauthorized unqualified Mekubolim that have no shaichus to Kedusha or Kabola but we are so desperate for a Yeshuah that we get blinded by their slimy sweet talk. I personally lost money by taking their advice and believing the investment will make me money but when confronted them about it they were unavailable…

    2. People should realize there is no way to predict the outcome of a random game like tattslotto. If you have tossed a coin a thousand times and it has been tails every time, the chance of getting heads the next toss is still 50%.

      • Wise words, wise (and relevant) words indeed. Permit me just to add as well; “just because you won today, doesn’t mean that you will win or lose tomorrow”.

    3. Is there a way to shut down our chevra. Pinto and other mikabulim that prey on the superstition in our community. Our chevra don’t go for $50. Pinto did not get 29 mil from $50 a head. Also, the other ones at least gave you a book!!

    4. Cannot wait for the day when the government will shut down and jail all our own fraudsters,all these so called REBBES,MEKUBALIM, BABBA’S who have for years defrauded and ripped off hundreds of millions of dollars from the desperate and ignorant masses


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