Those of us who are open-minded and naturally interested in the media, believe that certain people are born with special gifts. Regardless of their personal beliefs, the psychic industry is huge, and shows no signs of slowing down in the short term.
Unfortunately, the industry is not regulated, which has led to many frauds and scammers taking advantage of vulnerable people to make quick money.
If you are interested in the psychic world, you know there are many genuine readers out there. The question is, how can you make sure you avoid scammers and have a positive online reading experience?
Step 1: Do Your Research
To date, people have spent (voluntarily and / or unknowingly) billions of dollars on psychic scams. These are just some of the most famous that were news. Although these represent only a small number of scandalous psychics, reading about them will show you some of the most successful and universal methods-false psychics used to get your money. Knowing the precedents will keep you informed and in the search for these widely spent scams.
Famous Psychic Scams
Miss Cleo – “Call me now”
In the 1990s, a night television commercial featured a fortune teller known as ” Miss Cleo.She appeared with her tarot cards stretched out on the table in front of her and instructed viewers to call her at number 800 splashed on the screen for a “free”reading.
She said, ” letters can reveal things you will never see for yourself!”
What the callers didn’t realize was that only the first few minutes were free, and after they would be charged $ 4.99 for every minute. The company had instructed its employees to keep people on the line as long as they could. Calls sometimes last up to an hour.
In 2002, the Federal Trade Commission closed the operation and sued the owners who were also forced to pay $ 5,000,000 to settle the charges against them.
Duval would send what appeared to be handwritten notes to people who claimed they could win the lottery, recover from a disease or avoid future misfortunes, if they received his guidance. For that, she would charge a “small sum” (about $ 40).
Most people dismissed these letters as junk mail, but emotionally and financially vulnerable people were easily attracted and taken advantage of by the promise of help or good fortune, particularly the elderly and those who were alone or depressed.
The United States Postal Inspection Service alleges that this scam claimed more than 1.4 million victims in the United States alone, and the scammers pocketed more than $ 200,000,000.
Rosa Marcas de Fort Lauderdale
Rose Marks, the leader of the ring of a family of supposed psychics, would remove the bad luck, or reverse the curses. She conned hundreds of customers for decades, for a fortune of $ 40,000,000. He even managed to rip off the best-selling novelist Jude Deveraux, convincing her that money is the root of all evil, and he took millions of dollars from it.
Marks is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence, and his case was one of the first successful federal psychic fraud prosecutions in the United States.
Step 2: Know What Warning Signs to Take Into Account
Remember that legitimate psychics, like any other professional in their respective fields, comply with a code of conduct that is designed to protect both them and you. These are some examples of practices that remain outside that conduct. If you see mention of these in a psychic’s ad or website, it would be wise to look elsewhere. And even if you’ve already been through a reading, these behaviors should convince you that A) ignore any results you’ve been given, and B) don’t give them any more money or business:
Warning Signs to Be Taken Into Account:
- If a psychic claims to have been cursed, jinxed, or hexed, and offers to eliminate this for a fee, or pass on to another person who can do this for you.
- If you are offered a magic potion, good luck charm or winning lottery numbers for a fee. No expert real psychic readings will ever guarantee or promise anything.
- If you are asked to describe your personal life, the psychic may be fishing for keywords that are currently important to you, which they can then repeat back to you later.
- If the psychic gives you very vague information, where you end up filling the blanks.
- If the reader asks you why you came in, again the reader is only looking for personal details about your life and then using them.
- If you blame an inaccurate reading. There are no professional psychic offers to your clients this way, and this person is just trying to distract you.
- If you have any doubts about what the reader says, and they tell you that you are wrong. Deep down, you know who you are, but a fraud will try to convince you that you’re just avoiding the truth.
Step 3: Don’t Do Your Psychic’s Work for Them.
It’s easy to do the work of their psychics for them. That is, the things we use, the expressions we make, and in general the way we present ourselves can give information psychic enough to direct the reading in a seemingly accurate way and convince us of their gifts. While you cannot control every mannerism or leave every revealing piece of jewelry at home, it is good to be aware of how your behaviors and appearance can reveal key information about you.
Try to avoid being too emotional
Often, our faces answer questions before our lips have a chance to open. Psychics use this to their advantage in a technique called cold reading. While there are many forms of cold reading, it is generally based on general statements that trigger body language, gestures and other non-verbal signals that provide essential information about you. Psychics will often ask strategic questions in order to obtain specific answers, which can reveal their answers, even if not verbalize them.
Let’s just say a psychic asks you about your mother. Before speaking, you may have betrayed your feelings in some way, perhaps through a pause in speech, a nervous change in your seat, or by avoiding eye contact or unconsciously biting a nail. These gestures may seem minor, but they may give valuable psychic information about you, which can be used to direct the reading and convince you of its accuracy. To the extent of your ability, try to avoid being too emotional. Casually answer questions and directions, and try to reign in any nervous habit.
Consider what you are wearing
Sometimes observable evidence is all it takes to impart essential information about you. The classic example is a wedding ring. The absence of a wedding ring is a indication of love, the failed relationships, the unfulfilled dreams and expectations of marriage are safe bets for a psychic to focus on, while a wedding ring on the finger of a client generally means that they are not there to find a soul mate.
There are many examples of how your clothes, appearance, accessories and other accessories can express information about you that would be valuable to a psychic. This is to some extent inevitable, so don’t get carried away, there’s no need to analyze everything you’re wearing or put on a costume before going to a reading. Just be careful with anything that can be an easy gift, and if you want, you can hide or remove any especially revealing tips such as wedding rings, tattoos, relic jewelry, etc.
These ‘gifts’ can occur in person, as well as online or by phone. The less revealing, the better, if that means removing a wedding ring before a video chat or keeping a constant voice on the phone.
Generally speaking, if someone is asking you a lot of questions and trying to remove information from you, run. Scammers specialize in using the information they secretly provide will tell you exactly what you want to hear, so you’ll keep coming back for more.
Real psychics don’t need information from you. They should be able to give you a precise and accurate reading, including dates, names, or a detailed description, without asking.
With the wealth of our personal data floating online today, anyone can give you information. What you really need to look for is a psychic who gives you an idea that you can heal, inspire, or help grow in life.
Do You Feel Like You’ve Been Conned? What Should You Do Now?
If you have provided confidential information or credit card details to a potential fraudster, contact your financial provider immediately. He is also encouraged to contact local authorities and make a report so that they can warn others about current scams and potentially disrupt them. Be sure to tell your friends and family about your experience to protect them from similar scams.
I don’t agree with a psychic reading experience that leaves you feeling cheated. With the right psychic advisor, you must end a session feeling elevated, energized and enlightened.