How to Avoid Psychic Scams

by Brigit on December 28, 2010 in Tarotpreneurs

psychic scams

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.).

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

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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Annonymous December 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

Tara medium is a scam, and she illegally obtains all email addresses, thrratens people on different websites and stalks you under different email addresses, so even if you set a filter or block the email address that scammer will kept sending the emails. And yes uses scare tactics to con people. The thing is it is illegal in the united stated under the CAN SPAM ACT 2003 to spam people and that is exactly what tara medium.is doing.

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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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Sheikh AbdulRazim January 10, 2015 at 9:13 am

Tara also Maria are very hard scammers haha. They lie. But I will give them noting. I gave them also noting, but warning to everyone! The reading by Tara is exactly same as that of Maria!

Don’t pay and don’t listen to that bullsh*t!

Regardings and Blessings,
Sheikh AbdulRazim Al Watani Al Maliki Gairob
Saudi Arabia, Jeddah

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laloni April 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Tara Medium constantly, stated free lucky reading for luck.
Also she states that if not satisfied all payments will be refunded. This is totally, ludicrous last than 24 hrs I canceled my subscription after paying 1/3 of cost. Because she didn’t send
My tailsmen and yearlong reading .I emailed Tara from my same email address that I subscribe to/from. Behold she emailed me back, using another email account of mine. Abruptly she replied she never heard of me and I wasn’t in her, books. Of course not I told her because this is not the email address that I used. So every email notification I received from her & every email notification I sent her I forwarded back and her.

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laloni April 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Extortion, Fraud, and Coercion with Malicious intent.A unauthorized payment was taken from my account by Tara.

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Annonymous July 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Thing to remember about the tara medium scam is it is computer generated software coming from Astroway ltd in hong kong not an actual person. The emails are very scripted using reverse psychology in the form of scaremongering to get you to part with your money. The harm the email refers to is them not anyone you know. If you think about it the email is normally unsoliscited as you did not sign up, the email uses words like a cloud, self doubt to scare people. The cloud is the scammer lam dickson who is behind the tara scam. The think is hong kong have anti spam laws and lam dickson can be prosecuted under that law. If you receive that trash from lam dickson report it to the authorities so lam dickson will be arrested and charged under that law. You have the power to fight back.

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Annonymous July 21, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Avoid any reading with psychic grayson that individual tried to use reverse psychology to get money out of me stating that I had bad energy around me that someone I know was directing it at me. What a load of bull. My instincts said no to respond but I did not listen and what happened next was atroscious and unethical. Under no circumstances do not get a reading from that individual. To top it off demanded $150 for spell work claiming that if I did not my life would not improve. What a load of garbage considering it is me who dictates my future not some charlitan I do not know.

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Annonymous September 6, 2015 at 3:36 pm

I thought I would update people. Tara medium is definately fake and using multiple aliases.

I just discovered this and am warning people do not go near that site as you will never be able to get rid of tara who in fact is actually lam dickson in hong kong running multiple psychic scam websites.

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Muttbunny January 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

I have one question: is exceptional-ron.com a legitimate psychic or a scam? I’m asking because just before the New Year he sent me an email out of the blue and offered to give me a free reading. Then he said that he wanted to do an advanced reading but that I had to pay him $69 (which unfortunately I did) and he claimed that I would be financially independent in June of this year. Then he claimed that my aura was contaminated and that he needed to clean it right away, BUT I HAD TO PAY EVEN MORE MONEY for him to do it. But I didn’t pay because I don’t even have the money right now (I live on Social Security and SSI right now because I’m disabled but I’m in the process of seeking help to get a job). He kept badgering me until I unsubscribed from his emails and asked for my money back. Now I’ve been calling the toll-free number associated with him to ask for a refund but it is always busy due to a so-called unexpected volume of calls. Have I been scammed, and if I have, what should I do?

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Brigit January 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

It sounds like it may be a scam, I’m afraid. Or at the very least, it’s no longer serving your higher needs. Fight to get your money back or contact Consumer Affairs.

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Daisy April 22, 2016 at 2:08 am

Mutt – did you leave them a message? I had some work done by Ron and must tell he was always right on spot! His 6 months paid reading was super-detailed, nothing like any other psychic send me! Even the free reading was extremely detailed and I learnt alot about myself. While some info was off, there were too many examples that nobody in sound mind can call “a coincident”. Definitely 6 months reading was worth the money!

I don’t think you have been scammed – I did my homework and this guy is real! He has over 500 connections on LinkedIn and some people give him very high recommendations. Just go check for yourself. To my knowledge, no other online psychic has LinkedIn page, not to mention such rich group of connections. Also back in 2015 you could video-Skype with him (for a fee) and he did few Tarot readings for me that helped. I don’t think he does Skype conversations anymore tho.

I don’t have Aura contaminated but I was offered Karma cleanse and I felt the difference! He offered me a booklet on how to read Auras and I didn’t find it interesting enough. I called and got the same message like you – high volume call (I think they are renting a call center). I left voicemail and next day some lady called me back. She refunded my $39 that I paid for the booklet, so that wasn’t a problem.

From all psychics I used online – definitely Ron sounded the most knowledgeable of all and there is just too much proof to me that he is real to think otherwise. But of course you have to make your own judgement.

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Muttbunny April 22, 2016 at 2:47 am

If this guy is legit then why did he send me an email offering a free reading? From what I’ve read legit psychics DO NOT send emails offering readings. I’ve read other articles like this on things like this. And while a lady did call me back and tell me that I had to email him to let him know that I wanted my money back (which I did), I STILL have NOT gotten my money back. To me a legitimate psychic would have given you a refund if you were unhappy with your reading, no questions asked. Not only that, but this guy was telling me that I would be rich if I played the lottery, which is a bunch a BS. I don’t even play the lottery because it is a waste of time and money. But maybe I’m just an unhappy customer.

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Joanne May 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm

I cannot talk for him or any other psychic but I ran small business myself and when advertising I ask for people who have birthday on certain day (I offer greetings cards online) so I can only imagine that psychics do the same thing when your birthday give them some sort of support in terms of astrological conjunctures, etc. Never heard of a rule that only non-legit astrologers advertise online, in fact many years ago there was very famous TV astrologer (found some missing kid) who regularly did donation work and he did advertise for free readings all the time, so I wouldn’t consider someone not legit just because they advertise online… but that just my take.

I cannot tell you in terms of their customer support, I never dealt with “some lady”, only with Ron himself. But he always answered and his emails actually made sense. I tried all psychics online – Tara, Tupak, Padre, Maria, Chris, you name it – and I don’t believe they actually read their messages or answer personally. I used to work as a customer rep at cellphone company and we used program called Zendesk (very popular) and from what I see emailing Tara, Chris,etc I always get response through Zendesk, which means your email is assigned to some customer rep – whichever is currently less busy (like a call center). With Ron he always emails me personally and sometimes from his cellphone, so that was a nice gesture!

In terms of your refund policy, I don’t agree. If I go to a restaurant order the dish of the day and it comes up not to be up to my taste — I don’t ask for money back. When I got to see a movie and I just didn’t like it – I don’t ask for a refund. Similar with psychics since they take their time, I don’t go ask them for my money back if something didn’t work out. But that’s just me and the way I was raised by my parents (both loving mother and father). I simply respect other people’s time just like I want others to pay me if I professionally use my time for them. I don’t know what kind of line of duty you do, but I can bet my bank account you would not want someone to come back and ask you for a refund every time you do some professional work for them, just because they don’t like what you did for them. But maybe its a good idea – the sandwich I bought this morning wasn’t up to my taste – here let me go back and bring them the remaining paper foil and ask for a refund 🙂

In all seriousness, I think you are just an unhappy customer, which happens to the best of us! Trust me — you run your small business one day and you too will have unhappy customers here and there… and there is nothing you can do about it!

Oh, no more thing because someone wrote that Ron is fake “like they all”.

He is not fake and here is the proof: he did not want my money three times (!!!) in a row!

I’m being serious! When he offered me his first reading I tried my debit card and it didn’t work (turned out there was not enough funds), so I asked him if I can pay by Western Union. His quick response was that “no”, because IRS doesn’t like businesses to use it and it raises red flags. And as you know – any conman loves Western Union because you cannot get traced or cannot get a refund! Then I asked if I can simply send him a cash and I heard the same answer that it cannot be properly accounted in terms of IRS, so the answer again was “no”. So here is a supposed scam artists who actually doesn’t want my money!!

If you don’t believe me then go ahead — ask him yourself if you can pay with cash or money order you will see for yourself…

Another time was when I went to visit my family in Hawaii and was offline for 2 weeks. I came back and meanwhile he emailed me that there was some interesting conjuncture in my birth chart and he wants to perform a ritual. His email explained everything very well and when I was ready to purchase, the website said “expired”. I emailed him and was told that the lucky period was over and he doesn’t want to take my money now, when he knows the chances to succeed with his work are down to 10%. Unbelievable!!

If you don’t call that a genuine psychic, then sorry I gave up and don’t know who is real anymore…

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Tamichiko May 15, 2016 at 3:18 am

Couldn’t help but read your comment and I couldn’t help but make a few comments myself. First of all, if tell someone that you will refund their money if they are unhappy with any product or service that you provide then (provided it is done in a timely manner) you are supposed to do it. Secondly, most of the online psychics that you just listed that you claimed to have tried were all found to be total frauds. Also, Muttbunny didn’t say that all online psychics were fake, he or she just said that legit psychics don’t send unsolicited emails offering free readings. As for you and Daisy defending this guy, both of your comments don’t really add up to me. To me this means either one of you is lying, both of you are lying or both of you are purposely telling totally different stories in an effort to throw people off. Also, Muttbunny did not say that Ron was a fake, he or she just said that some of the things that he did were questionable. For all we know someone could be posing as Ron in an effort to scandalize him (for whatever reason, I don’t know), but if that is the case then Ron might be a victim in this too. And as for all of the online psychics that you tried, did they send you an unsolicited email offering you a free reading and you just decided to take them up on it? Because if so, apparently you haven’t really been using any common sense. Now as for you trying to criticize someone who believes that they might have been scammed, I hope that you don’t get scammed because you will be feeling the same way as Muttbunny.

By the way, you should probably have read all of Muttbunny’s past comments before you decided to put your two cents in.

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Muttbunny May 17, 2016 at 10:09 am

I just thought I’d better update you on something. I just filed a complaint against this guy on the website complaintslist.com. There you should find a complaint that was just filed on May 16th, 2016 under the screenname Tamichiangry. I really hope that this guy decides to do the right thing and give me a refund, especially if he doesn’t want to get a bad reputation. I’ll admit that this was not something I wanted to have to do. One more thing I’ll say is this………if you get an unsolicited email from someone claiming to be a psychic offering a free reading, DELETE IT!!!!! I really learned my lesson this time.

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Ruth May 21, 2016 at 8:00 am

Yes, I’ve been pressurised by ‘exceptional- ron’ who claims he has a presence on ‘Linkedin’. I paid through PayPal, so I’ll be getting in touch with them to claim my money back. He’s not a psychic. Claims he charges hundreds of dollars and then next news I receive an email about a free reading into another address I have. Asks you do not pass on his details as he is so busy with special clients.Of the predictions he sent me, none have come true and he also sent numerology information. I’ve studied numerology on an authorised course, his was so different. I did various checks which seemed ok. I’ll admit I ought to have had more sense. Well, what do they say – what comes around goes around.

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Muttbunny May 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

Ruth, I am so sorry this scumbag scammed you too. I really do hope you get your money back. As for me, I don’t really care whether I get my money back or not. My main focus at this point is to warn others about this scumbag scammer so that no one else will fall victim to this a-hole like you and I have.

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