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Byline: By Helen Rae

Gran is hit by scams

A great-gran suffering from lung cancer is being targeted by postal scams.

Alice Hancox was terrified when she received letters from different clairvoyants making dark predictions.

Mrs Hancox, 75, of Edward Road, Wallsend, received a letter from a clairvoyant called Maria Rosa telling her to "expect two very serious events to take place in the next few days".

To avoid disaster the pensioner had to send pounds 15 to "Samantha" at an address in London to receive a "sensorial vision analysis" and find out how to avoid the trouble predicted. Mrs Hancox sent the money but heard nothing more.

Then within weeks, another letter, apparently from a Sweden-based clairvoyant called Morgan T, landed on her doorstep around the time Mrs Hancox was undergoing her first chemotherapy session.

The letter suggested the grandmother could be "severely abused" and was also offered the chance to win cash.

Mrs Hancox, who lives with her husband Paul, 59, said: "I already wasn't feeling my best because of my illness and this just set me back.

"The first time I didn't tell Paul and just sent the money because I felt very vulnerable and intimated. It's just horrible getting these types of letters."

The couple believe their address was obtained through a catalogue mailing system.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2005
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