The phrase “bogus faith healer” probably strikes you as something of a tautology, but let’s put such quibbles aside for one moment. Coventry’s trading standards officers are so concerned about a spate of leaflets and small ads promising to cure bad luck, depression or physical illness through prayer or spells – in return for hefty cash payments, of course – that they have issued an official alert. The statement warns local residents not to “throw their hard earned money or savings after bogus miracle cures that do not yield any results”.

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