Unknowingly, I managed to subscribe to a website which offered me a service geared up to help me live my life. I say unknowingly, because I didn't realise I had actually subscribed and I honestly don't remember doing. So many websites only need you to click onto their site and you are automatically included in their overwhelming distribution of emails containing information that means absolutely nothing to you as an individual. For a few weeks now, I've been receiving emails from someone known as Tara. Because of my beliefs in the paranormal, I let it go that these emails were landing not only in my "junk" folder, but one or two appeared in my "inbox". I ignored them, having better things to do than read about how a total stranger can change my life for the better. But this week, after receiving several emails in the same day, I decided to have a quick read and made the error of clicking on to their website.
One of the emails started off saying, "You are at a crossroads, Kathryn!" So, I thought, they know my name. Perhaps I did subscribe after all and hadn't realised. It went on, "Do you want to continue your dismal life that you have been leading, with your money problems, difficult relationships with people and much disappointment?" My next thought was, how dare they. Who do they think they are to tell me I lead a dismal life, have money problems, difficult relationships and experience disappointment. They don't know me. "All you have to do to achieve great happiness is click here." I nodded my head. The word, con, came to mind. But another email told me I'd got a "serious problem" and announced that "Tara" had done something for me and in order to find out what it was I needed to "click here".
So I did. I would never normally click on an icon unless I knew what I was clicking on, but this angered me so much that I decided to give it a go, see what Tara was hoping to do to improve my incredibly dismal, disappointing, Billy-no-mates lifestyle that she obviously wanted me to believe I had. The click led me to her website. She gave me an extremely long message consisting of utter bullshit about how amazing she was and how much I needed her help; that if I didn't agree to her helping me then I would be doomed forever and bad things were sure to happen to me. My family would suffer, as would my lifestyle. And at the bottom of all this complete crap was an option on how I should pay for her services, credit card, debit card, whichever. But unless I paid I would surely feel the wrath of bad fortune for the rest of my life.
As some of you know, my beliefs in the paranormal and spirit world are very strong, my current book is about a medium and I have done endless research over the past three years. I have good friends who are mediums and know a lot of people who claim to be psychic. But emails like this make a mockery of the good work my medium friends do. I am outraged that people like Tara, whoever the hell she is, finds it an easy task to send innocent people such rubbish and expects them to be gullible enough to pay to be told that they will live happily ever after. Where this website slipped up is by telling me that I am in desperate need of help. I suggest they look in the mirror and realise it is they who need help. In bucket fulls.