The March 1984 issue of Psychology Today published the winner of an interesting contest called “Scamarama.” Readers were to send in the most creative scams. This was the winner:
Wish you were born rich? Now you can be! If you are one of the growing millions who are convinced of the reality of reincarnation, heres a once-in-a-lifetime offer!
First, leave us ten thousand dollars or more in your will. After you pass away, our professional medium will contact your spirit in the other world. Then you tell us when youre coming back and under what name. Upon your return, we regress you, at age twenty-one through hypnosis to this lifetime and ask you for your seven-digit account number.
Once you give us the number, we give you a checkon the spotfor your original investment plus interest! The longer youre gone, the more you will receive! You may come back to find yourself a billionaire! Show your future self how much you careleave a generous welcome back present. Well take care of the rest.