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I'm shocked, shocked I tell you. Miss Cleo a fake!?!!!(7 posts)

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you. Miss Cleo a fake!?!!!MB1
Nov 14, 2002 10:44 AM
But she said I was going to be lucky in love (and I am). You just can't trust anyone anymore.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The operators of Miss Cleo's psychic hot line agreed Thursday to cancel $500 million in customer bills to settle federal charges that the service fleeced callers while promising mystical insights into love and money.

The settlement requires Access Resource Services Inc. and Psychic Readers Network Inc. to stop using pay-per-call numbers to sell their soothsaying services, the Federal Trade Commission said. The two Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based companies, which promoted a national network of "psychic readers" on television and the Internet, also must pay the FTC a $5 million fine.

"I'm no psychic but I can foresee this: If you make deceptive claims, there is an FTC action in your future," said Howard Beales, director of the FTC's consumer protection bureau.

Florida authorities have a civil case pending against the service's spokeswoman, Youree Dell Harris, known in advertising as the Jamaican mystic "Miss Cleo." During a deposition in June, Harris repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, refusing to discuss a birth certificate that shows she was born in Los Angeles to American parents.
Yeah but what does that mean?Wayne
Nov 14, 2002 11:03 AM
Are psychics going to be put out of business now because the very "art" itself is a complete and utter sham?
If so, I want to hurry up and get on that John Edwards show so I can bilk him out of some money in a class action lawsuit! How do people fall for this? Even on a heavily edited (and possibly partially fixed show) if you watch it with the least bit of skepticism it is painfully obvious that the guy is just fishing and the audience members are providing most of the information for their own self-delusional experience.
See here for the lowdown on the "art" of cold-reading and why people fool themselves:
http://www.skeptic.com/
More than likely i suspect that Cleo herself was found guilty for something she did, rather than just being found guilty of fraud for being a psychic per se.
You won't get rich on a class action lawsuit.Spoke Wrench
Nov 16, 2002 7:02 AM
A columnist in the St. Louis newspaper has remarked on the results of several large class action lawsuits. Typically, each claiment gets, like, $1.85 and the lawyers handling the suit take home around $3,000,000. In other words, a successful claiment in a class action lawsuit gets shafted twice.
Yeah, but she KNEW this was going to happen... (nm)Matno
Nov 14, 2002 1:24 PM
LOL (nm)Kristin
Nov 15, 2002 8:38 AM
re: I'm shocked, shocked I tell you. Miss Cleo a fake!?!!!netso
Nov 15, 2002 8:15 AM
I was just going to call her to find out about my ride this weekend!!!!
Oh yeah! If she's so fake, how'd she know my phone number? (nm)Kristin
Nov 15, 2002 8:37 AM