The FBI has listed the “free astrology reading” scam as one of the most difficult internet scams:
The FBI said this familiar scam has resurfaced in which a victim receives spam or pop-up messages offering free astrological readings. The victim must provide his/her birth date and birth location to receive a free reading. After receiving the reading, the victim is enticed to purchase a full reading with the promise that something favorable is about to happen. The victim pays for the full reading but never receives it, and most attempts to contact the “Professional Astrologer,” via email, return as undeliverable, the FBI said.
My husband Rich signed up for one of these, just to see what it was about. He received an email from the “astrologer” that was several pages long, telling him about an incredibly fortunate planetary cycle that was coming up for him. Rich asked me, “is there something incredibly fortunate coming up in my chart?” and I had to tell him “Sorry, no there isn’t.” He didn’t respond to the email but he kept getting more – probably 10 emails in total, and escalating in urgency letting him know that if he wanted to find out about this incredible time and how best to take advantage of it he needed to send in $60 for a complete report.