Psychic Scams

Super Important Note:

There is such a thing as legitimate psychics and mediums. 
These are the true Lightworkers that spend years developing their gifts in order to help others.  They are some of the most kind and ethical people you'll ever meet.  In this article, we are not talking about these people.
Today, we are talking about frauds with no spiritual gifts and unethical readers who are out to make a quick buck.  Let's take a look:

Bad Luck Curse or Spell

Tips are from Oranum
Also note when I was  with them we  were not allowed to do spells or offer spells  as part of our sessions. People are seeking answers  to real life issues.
This is the oldest and most common of all the psychic scams.  It's when a supposed psychic tells you that you are either cursed or have a dark presence around you.
They may even give you a vague reading to "prove" themselves and then go on to tell you that this curse is the reason why bad things have happened to you, and why you can't seem to make any progress in your life no matter how hard you try.

At this point, you may start thinking to yourself:  I have had a string of bad luck lately.  Maybe this psychic is right!
This is exactly what they're counting on.  They want you to feel insecure or frightened.  This is the "hook" they use to reel you in further.

The next thing they do is tell you that they can cure you of this negativity.   Of course, this requires a fee - and typically, it's quite a hefty one. 

They may also insist that you set up an appointment to see them again so they can  "make sure the curse is gone."  At this point, it is common for them to tell you that things are worse than they originally thought and that they will need more money from you.  This is how they keep these psychic scams going.
I have heard of people losing hundreds to more than a hundred thousand dollars to these psychic scams.
It's a slippery slope, but one that you're not going to fall for, because now you have lots of facts!

Tips to Avoid Being Ripped-Off by Psychic Scams

Of all the different psychic scams, this one is the easiest to spot.   Just pay attention for these key words or phrases... they're all red flags:
  • Someone has put a bad luck curse on you
  • There is an ancestral curse on you
  • There is a curse on someone you love and something bad is going to happen to them.
  • There is a dark energy or evil spirit around you.
All of that is rubbish.  If you hear the words curse or spell,  it's a scam.  And as far as the dark energy goes, this is extremely rare.  If there actually was something yucky around you, the reader could tell you how to get rid of it yourself by doing things like using white light, etc.  It would not cost you thousands of dollars in fees.
Tip:  If you are concerned that there may be some sort of paranormal activity in your home, you may want to try calling a local paranormal group.  If you don't have one in your area, reach out to one of the legitimate groups, such as TAPS.
Another red flag is if a person approaches you on the street and starts giving you a reading.  You always want to be leery of someone approaching you, especially if they start spouting the nonsense we just talked about, or if they ask for money.

Apparently, I was cursed too...

One chilly fall day in 2001, I was driving home from a mediumship development class.  I passed by a little shop that had a sign in the window:  Psychic Readings $10.  I was feeling adventurous, so I stopped to check it out.
Oh, it was an adventure all right!  During my 10 minute "reading" I was told that I had a dark energy around me because I had been cursed. 
Now this generous woman was going to clear my curse for free (you guys know I'm being sarcastic here, right?).  She made it clear that her time and prayers were absolutely free, but, the candles and other "tools" that she needed to use were going to cost me $160.  All I could think is, are the candles made of gold?
The best part was, I wouldn't even need to be there while she worked her magic.  Nope, she was going to do all of this hard work in her office while I was at home lounging around in my bunny slippers.  All I needed to do was follow up in a week so that she could be certain the dark energy was gone.
Just so I could get the heck out of there I said, "I'll think about it."  And then I hopped in my car and put the pedal to the metal!  About a year later, that woman was out of business.  No more psychic scams for her.  Thank goodness!
True Lightworkers offer guidance from a place of love.  Even when discussing a topic that is serious or sensitive, you should not feel frightened. 
If something feels funny, trust your gut!

Email Reading Scam

An email reading scam is when the reader gives you the same basic information that everyone else is getting.
The way psychic frauds get away with this is by keeping the reading extremely vague, like the example below:
 A relative around you has never accepted you, but things will start to make progress.  It's time to let go of your past and embrace your future.  Someone special will be sending you a gift.
Notice how general the information is?  Most of what is mentioned could apply to just about anyone.  Nothing is detailed or specific. 

Tips to Avoid Email Psychic Frauds

It's always best to find a reader by word of mouth if you can.  If that's not an option, and you are searching for an intuitive reader online,  ask yourself these questions:
  • Do I feel a connection with this person?  (Make sure you check out their 'About Me' page.)
  • Do I get a good sense of their personality when I read their blog or social media page? 
  • By reading their posts, does this seem like a person I would enjoy working with?
  • Does their blog, website, or Facebook page look professional?  
  • Do they have testimonials?  If so, do they seem like they were written by real people?

Here are a couple of other quick tips:
1. Before you purchase an email reading, you might want to ask questions, so that you know exactly what you're paying for:
  • How will the file be delivered?  Email?  PDF?  (PDF format is always nice, and very professional.)
  • Can I ask a follow-up question if something doesn't make sense?

2. Don't pay too much attention to the number of fans on a Facebook page.  Why?  Because it's very easy for psychic frauds to go online and buy fans.  For example, I found a site where you could buy 10,000 likes for $120.  (Just to be clear, buying likes is different than advertising.)
I know some wonderful intuitives and mediums who have less than 500 people that  follow their Facebook page - and others who have over 10,000.  The number isn't necessarily an indicator of legitimacy.  

Scary Email Message

Next on our list of psychic frauds is the scary email message.  This is when you find a message in your email or Facebook inbox from a psychic or medium.
They may either:
  • Say that they have a message for you and that it's very important that they talk to you, or
  • Say that they are a medium and claim to have a message from your loved one in heaven.
They will usually give you just enough general information to get your attention.  And, if you reply back, they may tell you that they will give you the rest of the "message" in exchange for a fee.
This happened to a friend of mine.  A woman who claimed to be a medium contacted her and said that she had a message from my friend's dad in heaven.  My friend was upset, because she really wanted that message from her dad, but didn't have the money to pay for the full reading.
Luckily, I was able to assure her that the whole thing was a bunch of baloney, and that her dad was at peace.

Red Flags For This Psychic Scam

On rare occasions, a medium or intuitive will be moved to pass along a spontaneous  message.  If it is genuine, they will do so at no cost and they will explain to you who they are and what they do; they will then ask your permission to pass along the message. 
Asking permission is important, because not everyone believes in psychic ability or the afterlife.  Ethical readers do not want to frighten or upset anyone, while psychic frauds don't care.
And keep in mind that it takes a pretty strong spirit to be able to get through to a medium when he or she is not working.
Bottom line: 
If a reader contacts you and says, "Hey, I have this message for you, but will only give it to you if you pay," that is a red flag.  Delete the message, or report it as spam.
Real Psychic Advisors Will NOT
Promise cures, and healings
Charge you and promise to remove hexes or spirits etc

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