Miss Cleo: “Psychic” Scammer

In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, let’s look at a slightly more foolish criminal: the infamous fake psychic and con artist Miss Cleo.

For those of you too young to remember the pre-internet days, let me recap a peculiar trend that peaked in the 1990s: phone psychics. A company — in this case, Psychic Readers Network — would run ads and infomercials on late-night TV. In these ads, various “psychics” would be…

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