Report: #514500

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  • Submitted: Sun, October 25, 2009
  • Updated: Sat, April 10, 2010
  • Reported By: Lola — Phoenix Arizona USA

    United States of America Lam Dickson tara medium psychic reading fraud Lam Dickson internet scammer automated emails wanting money for various psychic mumbo jumbo Hong Kong, Internet

*Author of original report: Re: It's not a RIP OFF ...It's FREE

*General Comment: It's not a RIP OFF...It's FREE

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors... is advertising for free psychic readings. The emails you get from "tara" are automated form letters that are identical except for the name. They are mostly predictions of doom and gloom, but you can get huge jackpots or lottery winnings if you pay her for a reading or an astral chart. Your so-called free personalized reading is actually generated by a piece of software using your responses when you sign up at the site. It is actually automated as well. Everything about the site and letters is, the only time you will ever actually have contact with the human behind the scam is if you dispute your Paypal charge and get your money back. One automated letter even claims you are going to die soon and will go to hell because you haven't paid Tara for astral protection spells, medallions, readings, and various magic mumbo-jumbo. When you pay, you will continue to get automated form letters asking for even larger sums of money but you will never receive any readings or astral charts. Many people have been taken by this scam and some never hear from her again.

That's because this so called psychic "Tara" is really a man from Hong Kong named Lam Dickson (Dickson is his first name but it is listed as Lam Dickson because it is customary to use surnames first in Asian countries.) You can find all his contact information by doing a WhoIs lookup on the website. He also operates as Faith7878 on which is another rip off site.  There are profiles up on Myspace, Facebook and LinkedIn matching this name (wonder if it lists his occupation as an internet advance fee fraud scammer criminal?) The scam is going on a global scale with people reporting these same letters in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and even translated into German. The only difference in the letters is your name at the top. The website only serves to collect your e-mail address. When you try to unsubscribe, it will say your address doesn't exist, which must be a joke since you are continually getting these badgering emails about dark shadows coming over you, dark clouds pressing down on you, and dark hands reaching out because people are using the occult to harm you.

These type of letters could cause someone emotional distress as well as losing their hard earned money. Many out there have fell for the scare tactics because they might be having some problems in their life, and believe this phony psychic could help them. Tara does not even exist. It is a man named Lam Dickson who is a scam artist. Do not  send any money to Tara Medium AKA Lam Dickson, and if you have done so call your credit card company to dispute charges, stop payments on any checks, and dispute charges through Paypal. Save any e-mails for the header information and file reports with the Internet Crime Complaint Center if you are in the U.S. This fraudulent site is registered through EuroDNS which is a violation of their Terms of Service. If enough of us file complaints there is a chance we can get this scamming scumbag's website taken down before another person falls for it.

Here is the WhoIs information from the website:

Registrar: Eurodns S.A.

Company: Head Web Ltd.
Name: LAM Dickson
Address: [redacted]
City: Hong Kong
Country: HONG KONG
Postal Code: 0000

Administrative Contact:
Company: Head Web Ltd.
Name: LAM Dickson
Address: [redacted]
City: Hong Kong
Country: HONG KONG
Postal Code: 0000
Phone: [redacted]
Email: [redacted]

And here is a part of one of the form letters you will be sent should you sign up at his phony website:
Ill say it again, Name. Your situation should improve rapidly and turn out as you hope BEFORE THE NEXT 30 DAYS ARE OVER.
As for your financial problem, I see the start of a really happy solution for you in the very near future.
A LARGE FINANCIAL GAIN should come your way, but for that to happen you have to know what to do, which games to play, and when. Thats where I can really help you and be very useful.
I cant tell you exactly how much you will get at the moment, but according to my premonitory dream its a large jackpot. There are many numbers youll have to play over the coming weeks. At the same time, THERES SOMETHING THAT WORRIES ME. I had A STRANGE VISION about you which I think requires prudence.

The vision concerns someone who is doing something behind your back, Name.
Could there be someone, among the people you know, who, consciously or not, might be directing HARMFUL THOUGHTS AND NEGATIVE VIBRATIONS your way, trying to victimize you with an evil spell
I did some careful verification using a secret esoteric procedure I know, and it seems that is the case.
Thats why bad luck has always followed you around like a shadow, and nothing positive has happened in your life until today.
There is no doubt in my mind that this same person will try to place NEW OBSTACLES ON YOUR PATH TO HAPPINESS.
Its important to ACT QUICKLY and take all the necessary precautions, so you can be certain that the great events that are in store for you in the coming weeks really do take place as planned.

I am going to perform A MAGIC ASTRAL CEREMONY OF PROTECTION on your behalf.
This ancient ritual will ELIMINATE EVERYTHING NEGATIVE (harmful thoughts, negative vibrations, bad luck) about your life and replace it with positive energy (solutions, luck, profit, etc.).
Many people who were fortunate enough to benefit from the MAGIC RITUAL OF ASTRAL PROTECTION saw their lives transformed, often IN LESS THAN 21 DAYS.

Now its your turn to benefit from the influence of this SECRET RITUAL OF PROTECTION so that nothing and no one can prevent the great changes that are inscribed in your destiny.
The moment I receive your URGENT REQUEST on the enclosed form (Click here) I will perform an IMPORTANT MAGIC RITUAL OF ASTRAL PROTECTION on your personal behalf, as well as your DATED ASTRAL READING OF LUCK AND MONEY for what should become THE 6 MOST IMPORTANT MONTHS OF YOUR LIFE.

With my help your destiny will be guided towards a new and much more beautiful life. There is no other way. I already know that, even though you may have financial problems right at this moment, your immediate future shows that money will probably soon no longer be a problem for you. AN INITIAL LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY IS WAITING FOR YOU starting on November 05 2009 and should signal the beginning of A COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION OF YOUR EXISTENCE. This sudden and unexpected input of money is already inscribed in black and white in your astral chart. Thats why Ill be able to tell you exactly when you are likely to benefit from unexpected inputs of money, how, and how much you can expect.

I will be able to tell you when and how your problem of bad luck will come to an end, and be replaced by permanent good luck.
I will be able to tell you when you can expect A SUDDEN MATERIALIZATION OF YOUR SECRET WISHES. Ill tell you when YOURE GOING TO MEET SOMEONE NEW, if that person has sincere feelings for you, and what to do to keep him or her near.
And if they want to separate from you, Ill tell you why, and what to do to make them come back quickly and bring you all the happiness you desire.

Your DATED ASTRAL READING OF LUCK AND MONEY will contain all the important information you need to know about what is going to happen in your destiny. I am convinced that your life can still become luckier and happier in all areas that are important for you.
Name, BAD LUCK ONLY EXISTS FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW IN ADVANCE WHAT IS WRITTEN IN THEIR FUTURE. Its not knowing your future in time that prevents you from changing the things that are wrong in the important areas
of your life. It is essential for you to know exactly what good things are scheduled to happen to you in the next 6 months.
Especially since your happiness and amazing good luck are right there, at your fingertips. You have to understand that BY FOLLOWING MY ADVICE and doing exactly what I tell you to do at the right time, YOUR LIFE WILL MOVE TO ANOTHER SPHERE, A WORLD OF HAPPINESS AND JOY. I am convinced that IT IS OFTEN THE MOST DESPERATE SITUATIONS THAT PRODUCE THE BEST AND FASTEST RESULTS.

Your entire chart indicates that you are going to resolve a difficult financial situation, as well as your emotional and personal problems, very soon.
But to be able to advise you accurately and in the best way possible, I need some more information about you, Name.
Thats why I want you to complete this form (Click here).

Ask yourself if this person was a real psychic why does he need more information? Shouldn't he be able to see it from these so called visions about you?

And another excerpt of a form letter:
Despite the late hour, I am writing you THIS URGENT E-MAIL which really demands your close attention.
A few minutes ago I finished a session of astral meditation about you. What I discovered is surprising, and could help you resolve your problems. What took place during this session is really a sign that YOUR FUTURE CAN CHANGE completely. Im going to tell you all about the amazing details. I know you now have a problem of bad luck that is poisoning your life each and every day. And I also know that things could quickly become much worse, if you dont react right away. In other words, your stroke of BAD LUCK COULD CONTINUE and this dark period of your destiny will fade into time.
I have to get you out of this terrible situation right away!
Now Name, I want you to take a match and do exactly the following: Light the match, and quickly repeat this prayer
for spiritual protection 3 times:

You may not realize it, Name, but this magic action is essential if things are to work out in your favor.
The ritual will create an astral shield around you that will last for 21 days, capable of PROTECTING YOU AGAINST THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF ALL NEGATIVE INFLUENCES that are trying to intervene in your future and do you wrong. I dont want to scare you, but THERE ISNT MUCH TIME LEFT FOR YOU. I keep feeling the need to intervene and PROTECT YOU AGAINST THIS NEGATIVE INFLUENCE.
Ill tell you why Name:

I just finished a meditation session about you, and Im still overwhelmed.
I received confirmation that your future should change in the coming weeks, but at the same time I had a STRANGE VISION that bothered me a lot.
There was a shadow, and hands reaching out to you. This vision is a bad sign. It means that SOMEONE HAS BEEN USING THE OCCULT TO TRY AND HARM YOU.

Someone or something has been trying to take control of your destiny, probably to do you harm. It has planted doubts in your mind. Thats probably why you didnt answer me before, and why you didnt get that large amount of money I talked about in my last e-mail. You must understand that nothing good can happen to you if you just keep letting things pass you by, and dont react.

As you can see, Tara aka Lam Dickson, is using these form letters as the largest part of the con. The thing that sickens me is how they are preying on the desperate for help. Search engines were even running ads for the site, making it appear legitimate. Ask yourself what kind of money must this guy be making if he can afford to pay for search engines to run ads? If you still don't believe this is a scam, sign up with 3 disposable e-mails, use phony names like "Name" or "Ashtray" or "Cooking Pot" and see that you will receive the same letters with those names on them. It is a bunch of nonsense and the site should be taken down, with Lam Dickson thrown in prison for commiting crimes on the internet.

PLEASE DON'T SEND YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO THIS SCAMMER! You will not get anything promised, only duped by a con man who deserves to rot in a jail cell and pay back every single cent he ripped people off for!

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#1 Author of original report

Re: It's not a RIP OFF ...It's FREE

AUTHOR: Lola - (USA)

Firstly, I don't believe you bothered to read my report. It looks to me that you just used it to post a photo advertisement for possibly your own, and no doubt another scamming psychic website. If you had read the report you would have noted two things that contradict what you posted:

1. Your initial, rambling form letter is free. In fact you don't even have to sign up to get it since I've posted the same form letter s/he sends to every single person who gives him/her an email address. The object of "Tara" sending these form letters is to get you to purchase a personalized astral chart, reading, whatever hooey s/he's hocking. The point of me posting this report was to warn people that when they pay that money, they will continue to receive nothing but these automated letters. There is no personalized readings, astral charts, etc. The person behind the website will take your money and this is all you will end up with: nothing personalized, just the same old letters that EVERYONE ELSE is getting! You will not get your money back unless you have disputed the PayPal charge, if you paid via money order you're screwed. Hence, it's a rip-off!

2. You CAN NOT UNSUBSCRIBE. Again, if you would have read my report or one of the many other complaints out there about you would know that when you try to unsubscribe at the website it will say your address is not found. The only way to stop the harassing letters is to block the sender, send it to the junk mail folder or close your email account. Any people who don't believe me are welcome to test anything I've said by creating a new email account, signing up at the website, getting the form letter and then trying to unsubscribe. It also doesn't matter if you reply complaining that you'd like to be removed from her mailings, since no one actually reads those letters. You will only ever get a response from a real human being if you have disputed your PayPal charges.

So why don't you take your 2 cents and buy a clue? By the way, Rip Off Report isn't the best place to advertise for your business. I'm certain that site you posted will end up on here sooner or later if it hasn't already.
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#2 General Comment

It's not a RIP OFF...It's FREE

AUTHOR: Intimate Thought - (United States of America)

I don't understand why people say it's a rip off when it's free. I received a free complete 2010 horoscope and thought it was quite entertaining. After I that I just unsubscribed to the emailing, simple as that. I just take it for what it is and that's entertainment, just my 2 cents.
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