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How To Avoid Psychic Scams
The psychic industry is worth $2 billion annually in the U.S. alone. Therefore, it's not surprising that we can find scammers and con artists amongst it.
Fake psychics target people who are going through tough times. They make false promises and predictions that will never come true. They often leave their customers feeling embarrassed and taken advantage of.
Some fake clairvoyants may even be psychically gifted, but use their gifts to manipulate. Others will have very little or no psychic ability.
Real psychics provide spiritual guidance and help people to address their burning questions. They can provide a new perspective on problems and support people when they need help. Some of them act as a medium and pass on messages between the dead and the living.
In this article, we'll cover some red flags that point to a psychic being fraudulent. Most of these tactics are expertly designed to keep customers spending more and more money. Use these tips to avoid being scammed by fake psychics.
Outrageous Past Life Claims
Imagine being incredibly famous in a past life. What if you were Shakespeare, Galileo, or Joan of Arc?
But if your past life sounds too good to be true... it probably is.
Telling people they were great historical figures in their past life is a well-known psychic scam. It's based on the theory that inflating your ego will make you want more. Either you'll be duped into an upsell or you'll want to return for another reading.
Vague Readings That Lack Details
Telltale phrases and questions include:
· "You are at a crossroads."
· "You've been worried lately."
· "You've lost someone close to you."
· "You're an independent thinker."
· "You sometimes suffer from anxiety."
· "Who has cancer?"
· "You've been missing someone."
Watch out also for clairvoyant readings that are vague, but end in a mighty cliffhanger. For example, "You're under a powerful curse." A fake psychic will offer more details if you pay them more money.
Humans want to know the end of the story. But you shouldn't be paying for a reading just to be upsold. A reading that leaves you in suspense is a sure sign the "psychic" wants to con you.
Saying Exactly What You Want To Hear
What you want to hear and what you need to hear are rarely the same thing.
Often people going to see psychics are at vulnerable spots in their life.
People want to be told that their lover will return. Or that the man they are having an affair with will leave their wife. They want reassurance that they will find a new job very soon in the future.
These things very well might happen. However, it's unethical for a psychic to say they will just to ensnare their customer.
Instead of predicting what's possible in your future, fake psychics look for something that you relate to. Once they find a connection, they hit home on that memory or desire. They mirror what you are feeling and saying.
Asking For Additional Money Outside Cost Of Reading
Hidden costs or upsells are another sure sign of a scam. Unethical "psychics" will also encourage people to borrow money to pay them outrageous amounts.
Remember, to push you to spend money, fake psychics will use unfair and deceptive practices like:
· False sympathy
· Spooky predictions
· Big promises they can't actually deliver on
· Asking you to pay enormous sums via cash or wire transfer
· Making claims they can't prove
Visiting a psychic should be fun. When you have a problem, it should also give you meaningful insight.
However, it's wise to remember that there are scammers and con artists out there whose chief aim is to separate you from your money. Avoid "psychics" who are trying to flatter or scare you into making further purchases.
Often, these so-called psychics are very good at using psychological tricks or reading body language. They make educated guesses based on demographic information or may even snoop social profiles before your reading.
So don't be fooled by fake psychics feeding people hope and false sympathy. Be particularly careful if you're feeling emotionally drained by your circumstances.
Play it safe by checking references and recommendations. Don't spend more than you had planned. And if you do come across a con artist, don't be embarrassed to report it to authorities.