In a recent letter a site visitor added a comment saying they received help from a person calling himself the Prophet Suleman. This person says he provides help for those with relationship problems.
Having never heard of the Prophet Suleman before, I decided to check it out. There was no website for this person, but the comment writer had provided an email address, so I wrote Suleman. Here is our conversation....
Papabear: Hi, someone suggested you as a resource for advice, so I wanted to write and find out more about who you are and if you have a website for more information.
Suleman: Hello you are welcome to my temple you have nothing to worry about as you have come to the right place to get the help you desire what I want you to do for me now is to tell me the situation of things with you relationship.
Papabear: Thanks. I'm fine. I'm actually an advice columnist. I am writing to you to see if you are a legitimate resource because someone wrote to me about you. I still don't see a website or anything else with information about you. If all you have is an email address, I cannot recommend my readers talk to you.
Suleman: Do you need my help?
Papabear: Would you answer my question?
Suleman: I dont have at now once you see the work of my spells then you will know how powerful my temple is so you have to come up with you information so that I can help you out ok.
Papabear: Are your spells free?
Suleman: Yes they are free, but the only thing you have to do is to buy the items needed for the spells ok.
And there you have it, dear readers. You have been warned. The Prophet Suleman is trying to sell you potions and snake oil. I would advise anyone to stay well away from him.
Unless someone is a licensed professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or professional counselor or social worker, please don't give money to people like this, and certainly don't give them your credit card or other private financial information. Remember, I do not charge for this column or my advice, and a big reason why is that I am not licensed as a professional therapist. Remember, too, that you are under no obligation to follow any of my advice at any time. I am just a furry trying to help.
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