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Clairvoyant scams

Many have been duped by people who engaged in emotional extortion using psychic knowledge. They sometimes send emails or call the victim. They send mail like "I can see you gaining" or "I will use my powers to help you gain money in a lottery."  

These people earn by selling fake ideas to people suffering from different problems. They try to create long-term relationships with the victim, connect emotionally and promise to help them overcome all life issues.   

They approach the person and tell them some wonderful and terrible facts about their past or future life. Since some events are common, they can be easily predicted by looking at birth dates and places. 

Most psychics approach their target by email, telephone or post. Sometimes, they meet people, say, "You are in great trouble," and offer a solution. Everyone's life has aspects anyone can predict, and the groups target people they can influence emotionally. 

For example - They say, "We can remove a curse from your life to help you gain a huge lottery." They may ask the target to make a small payment to access the services or seek an administration fee.

How To Protect Yourself?

  • Watch out for promises made by such psychics related to growth in income, wealth and lottery money.

  • Never provide your bank details to bogus fortune tellers online.

  • If you want to pay, ask about hidden costs like administrative or processing fees.

  • Talk to a close friend or family before agreeing with them.

  • If you suspect fraud has been committed, raise concerns and report it to the authorities.

Date Published: Sep 13, 2023

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.

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