Miss Cleo - Alleged Psychic
The Psychic Hotline; Psychic Readers Network;
''Miss Cleo'' - real name, Youree Cleomili Harris - is an actress who claims to be a psychic. She is employed by Access Resource Service, a Florida-based telemarketing company owned by multimillionaire Steven Feder. The company has run afaul of several telemarketing laws. Thus far, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and New York have taken actions against the company.
The New York State Consumer Protection Board ("CPB") today issued a formal notice to Access Resource Services, the Florida company behind the television "psychic" Miss Cleo, citing the company for more than 100 apparent violations of New York State's "Do Not Call" Telemarketing Law. The alleged violations carry a maximum fine of $224,000.
At a Halloween press conference, CPB Chairman and Executive Director C. Adrienne Rhodes also released a report, "Dialing for Dollars," detailing the "scary" business tactics employed by the booming psychic telephone industry.
The Psychic Readers Network ("PRN") -- one of the many company names, along with Access Resource Services, used by the "Miss Cleo" psychic service -- harms the public through deceptive advertising and other business practices that may mislead consumers, according to the CPB report.
Source: 'Miss Cleo' Cited for Barrage of Telemarketing Calls, New York State Consumer Protection Board, Oct. 31, 2001 (Press Release)
''I predict that after today, New Yorkers will receive a lot fewer telemarketing calls,'' Consumer Protection chairman Adrienne Rhodes told reporters as she symbolically cut a phone line.
Rhodes outlined the ''scary'' business of telemarketing where phone-call recipients - many of them elderly - are misled into calling back on a costly 900 number for a "free" psychic reading, spending precious minutes on the phone tacking up hefty bills.
''The psychic keeps you answering questions like your name, address, telephone number, e-mail and birthday,'' Rhodes said. ''After those first three minutes, it's $4.95 every call. They are under orders to keep you on the phone.''
Rhodes also revealed Miss Cleo's real name - Youree Cleomili Harris of Miami. She said Harris is a member of the Screen Actors Guild who auditioned to get the role of the popular prognosticator and ''master psychic.''
People who sought an audience with Miss Cleo were usually disappointed, Rhodes said.
But Miss Cleo is only the Betty Crocker of the bamboozling business, Rhodes said. She said the real owner is multimillionaire Steven Feder, also based in Florida, who owns scores of psychic phone lines.
Source: Don't foresee psychic calls, New York Post, Nov. 1, 2001
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Miss Cleo - Alleged Psychic
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