Psychic frauds are becoming more and more common online. It’s scary how easy it is for folks to get scammed out of their money over the internet. This article will teach you what to watch out for.
BTW, this is the second of a three part series that lists types of psychic scams and their warning signs. If you missed part one you can get caught up here. In this part, we are focusing on online psychic red flags.
Want to skip ahead? Part three is here.
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List of Online Psychic Scams
Email reading scam
A few years ago, several people contacted me to say they were taken advantage of by psychic frauds via email. All of these people had been scammed by the same “intuitive” reader.
So, I asked them to send me copies of their email readings so I could check things out. And when they did, I discovered that the readings were ALL about 90% identical! I know, creepy!
What is a Psychic Email Scam?
An email reading scam is when the psychic gives everyone the same general information. Psychic frauds get away with this scam by keeping their “readings” super vague.
Here’s an example of a real scam email:
A relative around you has never accepted you, but things will start to turn around. 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 this could apply to almost anyone! Nothing is detailed or specific.
Tips to Avoid Email Psychic Frauds
First, it’s always best to find a reader by word of mouth if you can. If that’s not an option that’s okay. You can find real psychics online.
Before you enter pay for a reading, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I feel comfortable with this psychic? (Make sure you check out their About page.)
- Do I get a good sense of their personality when I read their blog or social media profile?
- Are their posts uplifting and down-to-earth?
- Does their website or social media presence seem professional?
- Do they have testimonials? Do they feel legitimate?
Other tips for avoiding online psychic frauds:
1. If you buy an email reading, make sure you know exactly what you are paying for:
- Approximately how many pages will the reading be?
- How will you get the reading? Email? PDF?
- Can you ask a follow-up question if something doesn’t make sense?
2. Don’t pay too much attention to the number of social media followers.
Why? Because it’s 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 wonderful intuitives and mediums who have less than 500 social media followers. The number isn’t necessarily an indicator of legitimacy.
Next on our list of psychic frauds is the scary email message. This is when you find a message in your email, DM, or messenger from a psychic or medium.
How to Spot This Scam
Fake psychics who pull off this scam may:
- Say they have a message for you (and that it’s very important that they talk to you)
- Claim they have a message from your loved one in heaven. They may claim to be a medium and say your loved one is in distress.
Usually, they will give you just enough general info to get your attention. And, if you reply back, they may offer to give you the rest of the “message” in exchange for a fee.
This happened to a friend of mine. A woman claiming to be a medium messaged her to say she had a message from my friend’s dad in heaven. My friend was upset because she wanted the message from her dad, but didn’t have the money to pay for a reading.
Luckily, I was able to assure her that the whole thing was a scam, and that her dad was at peace.
Red Flags For This Psychic Scam
On rare occasions, a medium may get a random message that they feel they need to pass on. If it’s genuine they will:
- Give you the message at no cost
- Explain to you who they are and what they do
- 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: it takes a strong spirit 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.