Avoiding Psychic Scams

Maria Duval Psychic Scam

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  • Cindy Simpson
  • By Cindy Simpson
  • Published: 07/12/20 10:10 PM EDT
  • Updated: 11/01/20 2:33 PM EST

The Maria Duval Psychic Scam

Dozens of psychics have been accused of scamming people and taking advantage of their willingness to improve the quality of life. Scams target everyone no matter what their culture or background is. While other types of scams are relatively easy to identify early on, it is quite challenging to know whether you are a victim of a psychic fraud or not.

Due to the frequent cases of psychic scams, people have lost faith in occult practices. Even though there are lots of talented psychics out there, some people just do not want to take a risk.

One of the well-known psychic scams is associated with Maria Duval, an Italian woman who sold the rights to her name to scammers. This article will further discuss the issue of Maria Duval psychic scam by providing essential information about the following topics:

Who Is Maria Duval?

The History and Scope of Maria Duval Psychic Scam

How to Avoid Psychic E-mail Scams?

  • Never reply to an e-mail from an unknown source
  • Never share personal information
  • Never transfer money to bank accounts provided in psychic e-mails

If you want to learn more Maria Duval and one of the most famous mail scams in history, keep reading! You can also check out some quick tips for avoiding psychic e-mail scams.

Who Is Maria Duval?

Maria Duval, also known as Maria Carolina Gamba, is an Italian woman who has been associated with one of the most substantial psychic scams for the last 25 years. As an independent psychic, Maria Duval gained popularity and built a reputation in the 1970-1980s. Mainly, Duval was offering psychic consultations and was also publishing horoscope in different newspapers. Maria Duval has also helped police with finding missing people.

In the mid-1990s, Maria Duval allowed a group of people to use her name in exchange for a particular amount of money. And this is when the largest mail scam in world history begins!

The History and Scope of Maria Duval Psychic Scam

As Maria Duval sold the rights to her name to a particular group of people, they started to sell regular astrology prognoses. The scammers soon changed their plan and began to send letters to people suffering from various diseases. They would give promises that Maria Duval would help them if they paid about $40 for each mail consultation. The fraudsters also sent mails to aged people promising to improve their quality of life for $40. In some cases, the fees were much greater. Certain victims have even paid thousands of dollars in hopes of improving their health and financial situation.

The reason why this psychic scam continued to exist for decades is that the hand-written letters were signed by Duval. Besides, the mails were full of personal information, which made the victims think that the sender really had psychic abilities. The letters were so friendly and emotional that some targets had even developed feelings for the originator.

Consequently, the fraudsters managed to collect hundreds of millions of dollars through the Maria Duval mail scam during about 25 years.

As Duval’s son claims in various interviews, her mother signed the contract to become rich and renowned among different societies. He also states that Maria had never wanted to be a part of this well-organized psychic scam. Rather, he reported that her mother was among the other victims of the Maria Duval mail scam.

It is really hard to believe that Duval did not have any intentions to take advantage of people’s unawareness and scam them through psychic readings. The fact is that Maria had been regularly receiving payments by signing additional contracts.

In a CNN interview with Maria Duval, she claims that she was not aware of how the letters had been affecting the lives of the victims. But still, it is almost impossible to get an idea of her side of the story. Her mental health and the ability to properly interpret the story has weakened throughout the years. Maria Duval is not the person that she has once been.

The fact is that Maria Duval has never been involved in creating and sending letters to people worldwide. She had only sold the right to her name to a group of fraudsters. The money generated from psychic scam was going to several shell companies. To make it harder to track the flow of the money, it was passing through several different accounts.

How to Avoid Psychic E-mail Scams?

The most common psychic scam attempts are made through e-mails. Numerous people across the globe receive either personalized or general letters from a person claiming to have psychic power. They are offered an opportunity to consult with a psychic in exchange for a specific fee.

To make sure you are not a victim of a well-planned psychic fraud, you should always consider the following tips.

  • Never reply to an e-mail from an unknown source

Even if the information shared in the letter seems to be very personal, you should only reply if you are waiting for an e-mail from a particular psychic. Scammers try to create texts comprising details that might be relevant for a number of victims. For instance, they might mention the well-being of your family but do not explain it in detail. Such emotional triggers increase your willingness to reply and get more information regarding the issue.

  • Never share personal information

If you are so intrigued that you can’t stop thinking about the e-mail that you have received, you can reply without sharing any personal information. Any personal details that you share with a possible scammer might be used to generate the next personalized e-mail and make you think you are talking to a real psychic.

  • Never transfer money to bank accounts provided in psychic e-mails

Unless you know exactly who you are talking to, you should never transfer any amount of money to bank accounts provided in psychic e-mails. Even if you are asked to pay a few dollars, you should not do that since they will get detailed information about who you are and where you live. This information can be used to scam you further or even steal money from your savings.

 

 

 

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Geraldine Juvier
Geraldine Juvier
4 months ago

I got these emails from Maria, and in the beginning I truly believed her! But oh boy, she is horrible! The emails got so bad I put them in the spam folder, just thinking she is a bit crazy and too much this woman. All sorts of claims about my future and my health and it felt just a bit weird at some point. But now reading this I´m happy I never bought anything from her! Thank goodness.

Syra
Syra
3 months ago

Yes! You should be thankful. Otherwise you would have been regreting just like me. It was such a horrible ecperince. I wish I could have discovered this website much earlier.

Jenny Lambert
Jenny Lambert
4 months ago

I heard about her and wanted to find out if she is genuine. Oh my God! I can´t believe that these stories are true! How can anyone trust a psychic now after all of this? What a shame. These company people should find a real job.

Ferdi
Ferdi
4 months ago

Where do all these fake psychics come from, and is it really such a big business that so many company set up fake profiles and fake readings to scam people? Wow. I´m really surprised.

Chloe
Chloe
3 months ago
Reply to  Ferdi

They are just fooling everyone for the money! They really do earn a lot by scamming people.

Abraham Meyers
Abraham Meyers
4 months ago

Is that true? Man this story is the worst. I didn´t know that before.

Dani
Dani
2 months ago
Reply to  Abraham Meyers

Yeah! Read the article again, sadly, it’s all true. You can always go for an in-person trusted psychic instead of choosing an online one.

Jennifer Gonzales
Jennifer Gonzales
4 months ago

My free reading from her was ok, but the payed one did not fit at all, so I started researching more about her and found you! What a bad story!

Karan
Karan
2 months ago

Jenifer, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Don’t give up. Keep on searching and find a trustworthy psychic for you that will bring positivity towards your life.

Daniela
Daniela
4 months ago

When I came across Maria Duval, I had only heard good things about her. I urgently needed answers to things happening in my life, and I was at my end to understand what was going on. So I booked a reading with Maria, and got a very wishy-washy text sent back. I thought maybe she is very busy and did not get my situation fully, so I bought another from her. In know, my fault. But the second one was even worse, and then the emails became more and more generic and I slowly started to doubt her. Now I found you, and get it! Such a waste of money!

Frank
Frank
3 months ago
Reply to  Daniela

Yes, I also just found out recently! How bad is this! Horrible. Can´t believe what I´m reading here.

Thessi R.
Thessi R.
4 months ago

I got scammed here, and now I have the proof.

Sarah
Sarah
3 months ago
Reply to  Thessi R.

You should ask for a refund! Do not let her get away with it.

Anna L.
Anna L.
3 months ago

I trusted Maria Duval a lot because of her history, I thought she is a granny giving readings now. But then the quality was really bad and I started to wonder why that was. So I found your website and got enlightened on the subject of psychic scams. I had no idea that there is so many fake psychics out there!

Renata
Renata
3 months ago
Reply to  Anna L.

I also trusted Maria Duval and found her really fascinating but then whatever she wrote was so negative and uninspiring, I let go of her emails. Now I understand why nothing seemed to fit!

Harriet
Harriet
3 months ago

Mother Mary please help us to be save from these fake companies! We just want real psychic readings! Thank you, amen.

Terry Ma
Terry Ma
2 months ago
Reply to  Harriet

Amen, amen, amen!

Berta
Berta
3 months ago

Maria is not so bad in my opinion. Some of her emails really make sense to me, or is this just me?

janina
janina
3 months ago
Reply to  Berta

Which ones, the free reading or the payed ones? I find them all generic and total nonsense

Änais
Änais
3 months ago

Maria Duval was famous in the time of my parents. They told me about her back then. But I did not know that her name still operates now!

Maria malik
Maria malik
3 months ago
Reply to  Änais

Don’t fell into her trap. I have my own experience. She is just a scammer who will ultimately fool you.

Austeja
Austeja
3 months ago

Maria can seem to be very nice and soothing and you are pulled into her thing because of the looks, but it´s nothing more than that. Please stay away from her. It´s all empty promises.

Erin
Erin
3 months ago
Reply to  Austeja

I like her energy as well. It seems to be so calm and serene. Don´t know more about her though.

Luis F.
Luis F.
3 months ago

I bought a lot of things from Maria, because I wanted to know my future and also how to make better decisions in my life. But well, it takes a lesson to learn it the hard way. After spending way to much money and no results, I finally decided to get off the internet and find a real psychic. And I found one and let me tell you, the difference is immense!

Thessa
Thessa
3 months ago
Reply to  Luis F.

Oh no! Really? I`m sorry you went through this. Are you feeling better now?

Shelley
Shelley
3 months ago

I payed all my money to Maria and she never gave me a good reading, I trusted her fully, because of her story, and really believed more than I should have, but her readings are all fake and generic and she did not read my energy, for sure. I think all the readings come from a company and she does not exist and I´m pretty pissed off now, because I spent a lot of money on this and it took me a long time to find out and now I´m broke and still did not get a good reading.

Zilly
Zilly
3 months ago
Reply to  Shelley

I´m sorry to her that! Trust in yourself Shelley and all will be well. You can do this!

Bushat zia
Bushat zia
3 months ago

It is hard to believe that people make money out of the insecurities of vulnerable people. How can some fell this much? Maria has been fooling people since ages, she should be ashamed of herself

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago
Reply to  Bushat zia

I agree with you. It’s sad to see people scamming on the internet. I hope you find a real psychic for yourself.

Bushat zia
Bushat zia
3 months ago

Just bought a reading from maria, but it was total wastage of my money. Wondering why? well, there was nothing inside, just basic that anyone can tell. Can’t believe I have wasted my money on her.

Last edited 3 months ago by Bushat zia
Lara
Lara
2 months ago
Reply to  Bushat zia

How much did you pay for this? I hope not a fortune! These peeps are truly something else, not sure what that is all about and why media companies have no other jobs to do, but well…

Tahir Shah
Tahir Shah
3 months ago

I urge everyone not to get fooled by her. she is biggest scammer. Once I subscribed her, she kept sending me horrified emails like someone has caste a spell on me, I was in great danger and I believed her. Until I found out that there was no truth. she was just forcing me to buy her reading.

Areej Zahoor
Areej Zahoor
3 months ago

She just fool innocent people with her sweet tongue. But reality is pretty harsh. we should aware ourselves from his evil, thankfully websites like this exit who are saving vulnerable people from such trap.

Lindsay K
Lindsay K
2 months ago
Reply to  Areej Zahoor

I got some readings from her and really liked them! She seemed so real and lovely, and I don´t know what people are saying here, because for me everything worked so well after her readings! Maybe it´s magic?

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 months ago

She is the the biggest scammer of all the time. I have been trapped by her so badly that I am regreting till now. Please dont get yourself fooled by her.

Gabriel K.
Gabriel K.
2 months ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Likewise. I would never encourage anyone to go for these fake online psychics.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

I had a reading from maria but it was so basic. And when I tell her that nothing like that is happening she asked me to buy from her I refused to do so. And then she kept on sending m horrifying emails. It was such a horrible experince that I can’t even tell you guys.

Patricia
Patricia
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Same to same! She keeps on sending emails even when you tell her that you are not interested. I mean, just stop woman! Only if she would read our emails and cries written within them. 🙁

Maddie
Maddie
3 months ago

I just mailed maria for reading and was about to buy reading until I discovered this website and I am so glad that I did. Otherwise I would have drowned my self.

Alisha
Alisha
3 months ago

OMG… reading this article and people comment made me realize how fake these psychics can be. Just for the sake of money they can ruin someone peace. It is so horrible.

Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell
2 months ago
Reply to  Alisha

Yes that´s true. I´m grateful for this website and that there is people actually exposing the fake ones. Have you gotten any readings from other psychics so far or what brought you to this website?

Jessica
Jessica
3 months ago

I genuinely thought Maria wasn’t that bad as compared to the others. But who knows what she is up to?

Maryam Zahoor
Maryam Zahoor
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessica

I think Maria is as bad as compared to others. I am very thankful to this website for exposing real faces of all scammers. Don’t you think?

Anna
Anna
3 months ago

I am literally pissed at the amount of emails she sends. At first they were okay, but now they are just annoying.

Maryam Zahoor
Maryam Zahoor
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna

Anna you have to increase your willpower and to ignore these emails.

Anna
Anna
2 months ago
Reply to  Maryam Zahoor

Yes, Maryam Zahoor you are right. I am not going for her readings anymore. I think I am doing just fine without these readings. They are of no use to me.

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago

I am so surprised to read this review and comments on this article. I actually cannot believe all this because my experience was quite good and I believe there are more people like me who believe in Maria. I just hope whoever had a bad experience gets their money back. As far as I am concerned, I will continue to reach out to her whenever I need help.

Zahoor Ullah
Zahoor Ullah
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Ethan, I am happy for you. In this review, the necessary information is given to warn people about her. I don’t think she is 100% psychic. Your luck is good in this matter😃. Best regards to you.

Maryam Zahoor
Maryam Zahoor
2 months ago

Maria Duval is the biggest scammer of all time. At first, she gains the trust of her clients. When you buy her readings, she started pressurizing you to buy more. We can call them horrible and fake women. May Allah save all of us from these fake companies.

Samuel
Samuel
2 months ago
Reply to  Maryam Zahoor

She did the same to me. Her words were so sugar coated that I believed her. But when I paid for the reading. She changed. I looked like I was talking to a completely new person.

Harry R.
Harry R.
2 months ago

OH MY GOD! Whatever I am reading in this article has happened with me. I never contacted any psychic or shared my email on any such website but to my surprise a few days ago I received an unusual email and it was from Maria. It felt so strange because I had never subscribed to her. I continued to receive emails from her every now and then. Now I understand, she has been spamming others as well.

Yvette
Yvette
2 months ago
Reply to  Harry R.

Oh really? She is even sending emails to people who don´t subscribe to her? That´s too bad!

Jacob
Jacob
2 months ago

It was so pleasant to talk to Maria Duval. Even though she sent me multiple emails and that’s how I contacted her. But once I contacted her, she was amazing and really helped me through a particular phase in life when I wasn’t even sure of anything.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Jacob

Are you being paid by her? How could she help you if she is a fake persona from an internet company! Did you read the article at all?

Abramson
Abramson
2 months ago

Guyz I have endured terrible experience from Maria. I want to share it. In the beginning, I was feeling so lucky. But then her attitude changed, she sent readings that were too simple. Even a child can tell those things—my huge money gone waste. I am not finding any way of getting my money back. Can anybody please help me?

Garry
Garry
2 months ago
Reply to  Abramson

You should send her more emails asking her to give you the money back, because you deserve it!

Sonia Tahir
Sonia Tahir
2 months ago

Don’t buy readings from her. You will be scammed only. It’s my own experience with her. That’s why I am claiming this here.

Ulisses
Ulisses
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonia Tahir

Yes, don´t buy anyhting from her!!!!

Nany
Nany
2 months ago

I bought the readings from Maria Duval. My friend insisted on me very much not to buy her readings because she knew her reality. But I did this because the sugar-coated words of Maria Duval inspired me. She hearted me because I wasted my massive money on buying her useless readings.

Henry
Henry
2 months ago
Reply to  Nany

How much money did you spend on this and what did you get for it?

Tala
Tala
1 month ago

I got three readings from Maria and I´m so frustrated that she did not send me anything related to my life and she is just a fake persona on the internet! Of course at first I did not know and I fully trusted her and I really got hooked by the first free reading from her. And then her messages kept coming and she promised me a reading with her would change my life and so I bought one, and then another one and then one more. but nothing changed! This is outrageous! The worst! And I payed her my hard earned money! I lost trust in everyone now! Never will I pay again for a service like this.