Although Maria Duval is one of the most infamous phony psychics, that certainly doesn’t mean she’s the only one. An entire network of scamming psychics wants to trick you out of your money.
I can’t stand scammers and like to bring them to light on my blog. A lot of these other scamming psychics can be linked back directly to the Duval organization,
One of these supposed ‘psychics’ is an elderly lady named Laetizia. She claims to come from a long line of psychics on her family’s little Mediterranean island. Then there’s a young woman named Alisha who wears bright saris and states she’s helped thousands fix their problems.
The last one I’ll discuss is Rinalda, a young woman who claims to have received her psychic abilities after suffering from a terrible case of appendicitis and falling into a coma.
The websites of these three self-proclaimed psychics state they can help anyone find love or win money. These claims are exactly like the letters Maria Duval would send to people in the $200 million mail fraud case.
Another significant thing they all have in common is that all three websites can be traced back to a man named Martin Dettling from Switzerland through domain registrations. Dettling happens to be a defendant in the U.S government lawsuit that helped shut down the Maria Duval scam.
The Plot Thickens
It turns out that Dettling isn’t the only individual connected to the Duval scheme who operates their own psychic business. Further digging revealed there are a large number of strangely similar psychic companies.
Even though the languages and faces of these fake psychics are different, they all follow the same business model. Some of them even use nearly identical letters and websites. Most telling is that many of the business people involved in these schemes worked with the creators of the Duval scheme at one point or another.
The U.S government named another group of psychics, Sandra Rochefort, Nicholas Chakan, David Phild, and Antonia Donera, in a lawsuit filed the same day that they filed the alleged mail fraud case against Duval.
According to the lawsuit, the company behind these scams has a connection with Duval. The New York company’s business filings list Niels Christensen as the CEO and the director of Astroforce in the U.S. However, he isn’t involved in the lawsuit.
When investigators questioned previous Infogest employees about Christensen, they said he was a top official at the company years ago.
Authorities called the only working number found for Christensen and a male answered the phone but refused to either confirm or deny that it was he. Whoever it was that answered did clarify that he was not involved with Infogest or Duval’s organization.
Lastly, there’s “world famous” French psychic Anne Chamfort. Interestingly, the Russian company listed on the Annechamfort.com domain registration is the same company that owns Duval’s Russian website domain.
An Anonymous Tipster Comes Forward
Chamfort’s website isn’t currently active, but her name has been around for decades. A former Astroforce employee who investigators questioned stated that Chamfort was one of three psychic personas Mailland created.
Like the Duval scam, a lady calling herself Chamfort is traversing the world with her supposed psychic predictions. It seems that she is currently focusing on scamming Vietnam. Media reports state that she showed up there last week.
After the Duval scam was exposed and was all over the Internet, an anonymous woman came forth with information. The tipster claimed to work for a direct marketing company based out of Moscow. She said part of her job was sending letters and psychic readings signed by Chamfort.
The woman stated the Chamfort letters were an identical copy of the Duval letters and that they’re currently sending them out to Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Additionally, she states they’re using different names in some of these countries.
“Anne Chamfort’s letters are just copy-paste versions of Duval’s letters, translated from French in Moscow I believe,” said the tipster. “Take out Duval’s photos and stick in Chamfort’s.”
According to investigators, Duval’s letters have allegedly brought in hundreds of millions of dollars from the world’s most defenseless people- those who are sick, financially struggling, and the elderly.
I fear that one of these psychics will luck out and become the next international psychic sensation and scam even more unsuspecting people out of their hard-earned money. Please stay away from any of the ‘psychics’ named here.