Category: Miss Cleo

‘Miss Cleo’ didn’t see $5M fine in her future

Federal Trade Commission: Fake Jamaican accent helped ‘psychic’ woo millions of customers National Post (Canada), Nov. 16, 2002 http://www.nationalpost.com/ Araminta Wordsworth National Post, with files from news services Miss Cleo may not have been a real Jamaican shaman, as she claimed on her Web site, but she did prove to be near-mystical at making gullible customers’ money disappear. Despite an accent mocked as more Irish than Jamaican, her infomercials for the Psychic Readers Network proved alluring enough to attract millions of callers, who were carefully separated from millions of dollars. Under pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, which fielded more