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: 07/13/20 5:24 AM EDT

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
1 month 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.

Jenny Lambert
Jenny Lambert
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 days 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
1 month ago

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

Jennifer Gonzales
Jennifer Gonzales
1 month 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!

Daniela
Daniela
1 month 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
16 days 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.
1 month ago

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

Sarah
Sarah
2 days ago
Reply to  Thessi R.

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

Anna L.
Anna L.
1 month 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
16 days 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
1 month ago

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

Berta
Berta
1 month 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
15 days ago
Reply to  Berta

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

Änais
Änais
1 month 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
7 days 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
29 days 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
13 days 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.
29 days 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
17 days ago
Reply to  Luis F.

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

Shelley
Shelley
11 days 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
11 days 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
7 days 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

Bushat zia
Bushat zia
7 days 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 7 days ago by Bushat zia
Tahir Shah
Tahir Shah
7 days 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
7 days 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.