The U.S. Department of Justice has shut down an international psychic direct mail scheme that it alleges bilked “vulnerable” Americans out of more than $180 million (U.S.) with guarantees of winning lottery numbers and a “New Life.” Connected to the scheme are two alleged French psychics and Infogest Direct Marketing, a Montreal company with a decades-long history of involvement in questionable schemes. A spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office told the Star that Canadians were also targeted, although the scope of this is not clear. They also said an estimated one million people sent small sums of money for services and products, which included a “mysterious talisman with the power to attract LUCK and MONEY.”
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.