Sad news for Gizmo..

Posted by: OSXaddict

Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/14/02 05:49 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,70415,00.html<br><br>WASHINGTON Trading fortunes told for a fortune lost, the companies behind Miss Cleo's psychic hot line agreed Thursday to forgive $500 million in customer bills to settle a federal lawsuit alleging they fleeced callers hoping to glimpse the future.<br><br>Access Resource Services Inc. and Psychic Readers Network Inc. also agreed to stop selling their alleged soothsaying services over the phone and pay the government a $5 million fine, the Federal Trade Commission said.<br><br>The two Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based companies owned by Steven Feder and Peter Stolz promoted a national network of "psychic readers" on television and the Internet.<br><br>A woman identified as a Jamaican mystic named "Miss Cleo" offered supernatural insights into love and money.<br><br>Miss Cleo's real name is Youree Dell Harris. During a deposition in June, Harris repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, refusing to discuss a birth certificate showing she was born in Los Angeles to American parents.<br><br>Howard Beales, director of the FTC's consumer protection bureau, said there was no truth in Miss Cleo's prognostications.<br><br>"I'm no psychic but I can foresee this: If you make deceptive claims, there is an FTC action in your future," he said in announcing the settlement.<br><br>The FTC accused the companies of misdeeds including false promises of free psychic readings, tricky billing tactics to squeeze money out of callers and harassing telemarketing calls.<br><br>Thomas Scott, 37, of Tallahassee, Fla., said he and his wife were verbally abused by operators when they called to dispute an $80 phone charge.<br><br>"It was one of the most unbelievable experiences of my life," Scott said. "I am elated that the FTC has shut them down. Next they'll be hearing from my attorney."<br><br>The companies did not admit breaking any law but agreed to stop the phone service and forgive about $500 million in outstanding charges. They also must return all uncashed checks to customers.<br><br>Beales said during three years of operation the service charged people about $1 billion and collected half of it.<br><br>"They're getting out of the business," Beales said. "It won't resume."<br><br>
Posted by: Mcteak

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/14/02 06:14 PM

makes you think....how come psychics never win the lottery?<br><br>Too Easy!<br><br>
Posted by: MikeSellers

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/14/02 08:25 PM

. . . or why the physics with storefronts post hours of operation. Shouldn't they know when you're coming?<br><br>
Posted by: Mcteak

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/14/02 09:14 PM

Yep....there should be smooth sailing for physics<br><br>Too Easy!<br><br>
Posted by: MachOne

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/14/02 10:26 PM

There's a notice on the door of their offices which reads "Closed due to unforseen circumstances."<br><br>OK, not really.<br><br>Well, I though it was funny, anyway.<br><br>*sheesh*<br><br>
Posted by: MikeSellers

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/15/02 06:31 AM

Doh!!! Psychics! Psychics!<br><br>
Posted by: lesh

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/15/02 07:12 AM

I just KNEW this was going to happen! <br><br>[color:red]The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.</font color=red><br>
Posted by: Mcteak

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/15/02 09:11 AM

............and tell us young Mac Lady, just how did you know?<br><br>Too Easy!<br><br>
Posted by: lesh

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/15/02 11:34 AM

It's a gift, Mcteak...<br><br>[color:red]The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.</font color=red><br>
Posted by: Mcteak

Re: Sad news for Gizmo.. - 11/15/02 11:53 AM

So you knew I was going to ask you that question!<br><br>Too Easy!<br><br>