How to Avoid Psychic Scams

by Brigit on December 28, 2010 in Tarotpreneurs

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Sadly, there are a lot of psychic scams and frauds on the internet, where individuals or companies claiming to be ‘psychics’ are delivering inaccurate information or trying to extort sums of money from their clients. I often receive emails from people who tell me about how they purchased a psychic reading online, only to find that it was never delivered, what was meant to be ‘personalised’ was actually a generic reading, or that they were conned into spending even more money with the ‘psychic’. It really saddens me to hear of these stories, particularly when honest people are being scammed out of their money and being robbed of their faith, trust and hope. In the following blog post, I provide you with some helpful tips on how you can avoid a psychic scam and protect yourself against getting ripped off by these unethical individuals and companies.

Protecting Yourself Against a Psychic Scam

There are a number of actions you can take to protect yourself against unethical or fraudulent psychics. Here are just a few:

  • Recognise the warning signs of a psychic scam.
    • The psychic may try to convince you that they are genuine by telling you something about yourself. Remember to ask yourself whether what they are telling you is something that is vague or general (and could therefore be true about anyone). And don’t forget that they may also tell you something about yourself that you mentioned previously or they got from another source, in an attempt to convince you of their ‘powers’. Run a quick google search on your own name and see what information is readily available about you.
    • You may be offered a ‘free’ personalised readings in exchange for your personal details. These often lead to requests for payments.
    • The psychic may tell you that you have been cursed or jinxed, and the only way to release the curse is to pay them a sum of money to do a spell or another, more detailed reading.
    • You receive an email or letter out of the blue from somebody claiming to be a psychic or clairvoyant.
    • You may be offered a good luck charm, the secret to enormous wealth, magic potions or winning lottery numbers. You might be asked to pay a small administration fee to collect your charm, potion or lottery numbers.
  • Do your research BEFORE you purchase.
    • Run a google search on the psychic before you make your purchase, using search terms such as [psychic name/company], ‘review’, ‘scam’ or ‘complaint’. If others have had negative experiences or have been scammed by the provider, then you’ll usually find it straight away by running a quick google search.
    • Always read the terms and conditions, and fine print. Find out if your credit card is going to be charged on a regular basis, or if there are other hidden conditions associated with your purchase.
  • Use your common sense. If it looks too good to be true—it probably is.
  • Protect your personal information. Only use secure payment websites and services. Never send money, or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust. Never call a telephone number that you see in a spam email and never reply to a spam email (even to unsubscribe).

What Should You Do if You Are Scammed?

If you are unfortunate enough to have been scammed, what can you do?

  • Ask the provider for a refund.
  • Call your bank or credit union immediately and report the scam.
  • Check to see if you can obtain a refund from the financial company that has taken your payment (e.g. PayPal, a bank, etc. ). PayPal has a robust buyer protection scheme that may be able to assist.
  • Post a complaint on the internet and warn others.
  • Report it to your local authorities.

In Closing…

My heart really goes out to those people who have been scammed in the past by someone posing as a psychic. There are so many ethical and professional psychics and tarot readers out there who do a fantastic job at providing a genuine and authentic service. It is awful to think that people are being lured into unethical services when there are much more positive experiences to be had.

If you want to find an ethical and professional psychic or Tarot reader, visit any of the Tarot Associations for a list of readers. Also, look for personalised websites and get to know your reader first if possible (send an email, ask about their style, etc.).

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balancebull December 29, 2010 at 12:45 am

Thank you for writing such a helpful blog.

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Julie February 9, 2011 at 2:04 am

I’ve been scammed! I know I’ve been stupid, but I’ve had a hideous two years and I started getting emails from Tara, Visionary Medium that scared me, saying I was playing with fire by not getting in contact, that my life could get better but Tara had to unblock a negative influence. I knew it was a con, but there was a tiny voice that said what if it isn’t, and that is what I went with. I paid £19, came to my senses and changed my bank details. I wish something could be done about these people.

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Biddy_Tarot February 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

Julie, I am sorry to hear that you have been scammed, but I am grateful that you have shared your experience so that others may be able to avoid future scams from this person.

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best psychic April 2, 2011 at 3:54 am

There is a whole lot of truth to this article, with many people taking fake identities and professions in order to rip people off of their hard earned wages. It’s also rather unfair on all the legitimate and genuine psychics who are doing all they can to provide people with all the guidance and enlightenment they need.

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Anfie May 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Sadly I believe I was scammed today.! I was in a store getting a buggy for my items & this young woman approached me giving me compliments on my necklace which was ok because I always get complimented on it. Well she changed the subject quick tellin me things about my boyfriend & how he really loved me & tht we argued a lot & THT god said he was my soul mate….. But in order for to fin out more I would have to give her $30 then she blabbed on while I noticed a guy looking around suspicious…I was in the store with my aunt & she knew that….. So she said don’t tell ur aunt what I told u OR anyone because those energies won’t let me meditate to remove this bad energy….. Anyways I’m lost.! She has my number and wants me to meet up with her tomorrow .! She claims she has an office but that in whatever case she can’t meet me in her office I’ll have to meet her at her home. Ummmm I’ve been pretty much scammed? She made it seem so true tho.

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Biddy_Tarot May 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Oh boy… whatever you do, DO NOT go and visit her! If you find that now she has your number and she starts to abuse it, change your number straight away. Best to play it as safe as possible.
Biddy

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Robert July 3, 2011 at 4:52 am

I seldom do free readings anymore, much less any of the telephone psychics. There is always a catch. However I have dealt with several of the so called readers in the past. I have yet to find what I would consider honest. So now I have taken to doing my own. Thanks to your site, your clear explanation of the cards,and meanings for symbols, colors, and such are the best I have seen. And I have tried them all. This site is the most complete and understandable for both the learner or one who desires to broaden their craft.

Namaste

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Biddy_Tarot July 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks Robert – you’re welcome here any time with glowing comments like that ;-)

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Atara January 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

they say i’m at a level “9” when it comes to negativity. What does that mean?

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Brigit January 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I’m not sure, Atara. You may need to ask what this means from the people who say that you’re a ‘level 9′.

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meeko February 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

ohh i understand. How i find true one?

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Brigit February 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm

You’ll find some wonderful student Tarot readers at http://www.biddytarot.com/free-tarot-readings/ who are offering genuine free Tarot readings.

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sonia woods April 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I have been scam a couple of times and feel very sad about it but I do believe in the Tarots and have a set myself and there are times when I need a reading from some one professionally and I guess there should be a web site for scammers so others to not fall victim to this.
cheers Sonia

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Brigit April 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

Sonia, I’m sorry that you have been scammed in the past. It’s very easy to do. But hopefully this post has helped you to see the signs to watch out for.

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adam April 25, 2013 at 3:24 am

Maria kept sending emails saying she would improve my life. Made two payments to her and wrote to her about my payments and has never responded. The same has happened from Tara Medium. I’ve lost £50 and I’m in debt because of this. I won’t ever see that money again.

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Madame Bon Dimanche November 30, 2013 at 2:08 am

Thank you Brigit for keeping this forum going. It takes time and dedication…and love for the practice. I was scammed a lot myself in the past. That is what prompted me to study different divination techniques and have found an innate passion and talent for it. I had several generations of psychically endowed folks in the family. None of them pursued it as a means to earn money or to help people outside of the family. The tradition sort of died and I was left alone looking for honest people to guide me. Thousands of dollars later, I decided to become a professional divinor using Tarot cards, spiritism and other tools. I just launched my own website with my cousin. And the goal is to truly help people and not defraud them as I have been. Please visit us http://bonginen.com. I can promise you that if we can not help you, we will refer you to someone who can and your money will be refunded.

Blessings

Madame Bon Dimanche

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