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Outcry over sinister chain letter scam.

SCORES of complaints have been made by West Midland families to the Office of Fair Trading about clairvoyant chain letters.

The letters threaten bad luck or danger to recipients who fail to respond. Consumers have lodged around 166 complaints with the OFT in the last year. The watchdog's Scam busters team wrote to the Swiss company behind one threatening letter which generated around 30 complaints.

Claiming to be from a "clairvoyant-medium" and "Grand Master of Occultism" named Morgan T, the letter predicted that the recipient was under threat.

The circular letters were each personalised with consumers' names to make them more convincing.

They offered protection from the "silent threat" in return for a product costing pounds 17. Consumers ordering the product were told they could claim a pounds 7,000 prize even though they were only entered into a draw.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 26, 2006
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