Mail scam bagged
GYMPIE pensioner Clive Bailey is no psychic or gambler, but he's willing to bet his bottom dollar that people who reply to the latest scam letter from a supposed clairvoyant will never see a cent.
When a psychic scam claiming to harness the power of thought and secret rituals to "make money explode in your life" turned up in his mailbox, Mr Bailey contacted police.
He's concerned people struggling financially might feel like anything is worth a try and decide to pay the requested amount of $40 for a shot at winning cash.
His wife Audrey received a letter from a "power medium", Monsieur Patrick, sent via airmail from Malaysia - a country known to be popular with scammers delivering bogus mail.
"Why it was addressed to her, I don't know," Mr Bailey told The Gympie Times.
"I think they target the more sympathetic household member... As long as someone doesn't fall for that rubbish and get their savings cleared out."
The envelope contains a typed black and white eight-page letter, a shiny pamphlet with a photo of a man claiming to be Monsieur Patrick, and a questionnaire that requests personal information, including the date, time and place of a participant's birth, as well as banking details.
Queensland fraud investigators guarantee that giving your name, address and date of birth to an organisation you don't know will put you at risk of identity theft.