Spotting Scammers

Most psychics and mediums are honest people who want to help, although of course they are not equally gifted and all have times when “tuning in” is hard. But be on your guard against the less well-intentioned, and out-and-out fraudsters.

In particular, if you are newly-bereaved or feeling particularly vulnerable, avoid having a reading until you are less raw. You need your wits about you to spot the scammers.

If someone tells you are cursed and that they can lift that curse for a fee, that you are in imminent danger, or offers to cast a spell for you, get out of there, fast!

Another red flag is if they pressure you to see them again. Honorable psychics may sometimes suggest another session if they run out of time and there is more to say, but they will never push you.

Be alert that without prior knowledge someone can find out lots about you from “cold readings.” Your body language, the words you use, even intakes of breath can give a lot away about you. They may be sensitive, but there is nothing supernatural about them!

Cold readers make random generalities, emphasize their lucky guesses and quickly moving on from their unlucky ones.

And if someone knows your name in advance they can present the information gleaned from your social media presence as psychic insights.

Beware of psychic hotlines. Some are run by genuine people wanting to help, but you could end up with clock-watchers more interested in repeat business than your welfare.

Before seeing a reader do a little homework. Google can save you money and heartache. Often a personal recommendation works best.