The Most Common Psychic Scams And How To Avoid Them

When someone reaches out to a psychic, she wants to believe that the psychic is working in the client’s best interests. A psychic can help you prepare for an upcoming trip, make important relationship decisions or consult you on how to deal with an upcoming change in your career. It is common for people to consult their psychic before making any changes in their lives.

While we all want to believe that the psychic we choose is going to look out for us, there are some psychics who are in it for themselves and the money. It can be frustrating to be caught up in a scam, and it can be even more frustrating when that scam involves someone who has offered advice you had trusted for some time.

The first thing to remember is that psychic scams can happen. It isn’t your fault and it should not dissuade you from contacting a psychic. If you do get caught up in a psychic scam, try changing to a network of telephone psychics that have a proven track record and accountability to a company.

To protect yourself, you need to take the time to become familiar with the more common psychic scams. Understand how to identify a scam and know how to avoid it in the future. Once you have armed yourself with some helpful information, you can get on with finding a life guide to help you achieve all of your goals and establish new goals that you never knew you could accomplish.

The most common is what I like to call "The Guesser" or more commonly known as a "cold reading."

The guesser is a psychic that does not understand how to bring your energies together and tell you things about yourself that not even you knew. The guesser feeds into your desires and fears and starts to tell you the things that you want to hear rather than giving you good advice based on psychic abilities.

One good way to avoid a guesser is to only go to a psychic that was referred to you by someone you trust. It is a bad idea to pick a psychic at random from the phone book and then try to get helpful life tips from her. You want a psychic with a history of helping people and understanding what it really means to be a trusted guide.

If you get into a situation where you think you may be getting scammed by a guesser, there are two good ways to tell. Keep track of the advice and information that your psychic gives you. If, over the course of a month or two, the information is continually wrong, then you have a guesser.

Another way to tell is if the psychic starts trying to sell you on special chants or spells that can get rid of your negative energy. A good psychic knows that chants and spells do not remove bad energy. A psychic is there to read your energy and warn you about pending problems. If your psychic tries to charge you high rates for getting rid of bad energy, then you have a guesser. Run away!

The second most common psychic scam involves scary sounding possessions and curses.

One common scam among disreputable psychics is the use of demonic possession or insisting that a client is cursed. For example, a psychic that is trying to scam someone will tell that person that they are being followed by a demonic spirit and that the psychic can remove the spirit through a series of expensive ceremonies.

The psychic will tell the client to purchase strange herbs and totems, and then prescribe ceremonies to do on their own. Then the scamming psychic will start creating a series of rituals that the psychic himself will run with several large, up front payments. The worst part is that the demons never get a cut of the earnings.

The use of curses is an elaborate and long-term scam that can cost the client a lot of money while making the psychic out to look like a hero. During a series of readings, the fake psychic will hone in on the client’s bad experiences. He will ask the client to discuss those experiences in great detail including client emotions and expectations.

Over time, the psychic forces enough of these discussions that the client begins to believe that she is really cursed. This is a two-part scam that can be very emotionally damaging to the client. The first part is the series of readings that establish the curse. The fake psychic will insist on more frequent readings and not even offer the client a discount. To the contrary, the psychic may insist that the readings are getting more intense and will raise the per reading price.

Once the psychic has the client convinced she is cursed, there is a long series of expensive rituals to remove the curse. Unfortunately, when a fake psychic removes a curse it is not like you see in the movies. It takes weeks, sometimes months, and can be emotionally draining.

The moral of this story is that the first time your psychic mentions that you may be cursed then you need to grab your things, leave the room and never go back. You are not cursed. There is no such thing as curses.

An old but still common psychic scam is the "cursed egg" trick. It’s not always an egg but the scam is the same.

Psychics who engage in scams have a variety of methods for tricking customers who are relying on the psychic for important advice. The cursed egg scam is part of an elaborate deception designed to steal wealth from the client by having the client bring the wealth to the scammer.

This is a slight-of-hand scam that involves a desperate client and an opportunistic criminal. The scam begins with the psychic convincing the client that she is cursed and her money or possessions are the reason why. It plays on the guilty notion that some people have that money and expensive property is the root of all evil.

To prove her point, the psychic asks the client to bring an egg to one of the readings. The client is told that if there is anything found in the egg other than yolk, then the client is cursed. The psychic breaks the egg and uses slight of hand to drop red dye or human hair into the cracked egg. When the client sees that the egg she brought from home has foreign materials in it, just as the psychic said it would, then she is convinced she is cursed.

The client is then told to bring her money, credit cards, jewelry and any other expensive possessions she can carry to a ritual spot where the materials are supposed to be destroyed. But the criminal psychic changes the bag of money and possessions with a bag full of newspaper when the client is distracted and the worthless newspaper is destroyed while the psychic steals the money, credit cards and jewelry.

Avoid aggressive psychics. Psychics that can’t control their own emotions certainly can’t help you.

When the fake psychic wants to go for the really big money they will taunt, yell or threaten you if necessary. Sometimes they have someone else in the room to team up on you. Most of the time this is a family member, like the mom & daughter team that got me for $2200 a few years ago.

Most importantly don’t be a victim. I can empathize with you, you need answers, I’ve been there too but don’t believe in what you know isn’t true. Psychics can offer life-changing advice that will bring clarity to your life. When you learn how to identify a scamming psychic, you can avoid the bad advice and financial strain that disreputable people can cause. Find a psychic that helps you on your path and doesn’t lie to you just to make a quick buck. If you have already been conned by a fake psychic, check out my article on what to do if you’ve been scammed.


Angela Moore started Psychic Review Online in 2008. After being ripped off and deceived by a mother/daughter team and then having her life completely turned around by a real Psychic, she has dedicated herself to helping people avoid fake Psychics. Angela provides tips, reviews, ratings and more on her website Psychic Review Online


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    Ana August 23, 2015

    I know a group of gypsys psychics in Minnesota that were caught ripping off the public and they are still in business . My question is what it takes for these people to close their operations and quit taking money from the community. one of their office is 1700 West lake St. Minneapolis MN . 2nd > 2617 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis MN

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      Angela December 10, 2015

      Hi Ana,

      Report them to the police and let them investigate. That’s about all you can do without being a vigilante.

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    Lily June 03, 2016

    I was just scammed by a woman claiming to be the best psychic in the world she said that me an my boyfriend where cursed an if I didnt get her help I would lose him she asked me for more money an also said if I didnt send it she would close the case an no other psychic would be able to open it an I would get bad energy 8 times worse she really has me scared .what should I do ?

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      Angela June 03, 2016

      Hi Lily, I would cut this so called Psychic out of my life. Beware of any Psychic asking for money to remove curses, or any Psychic that uses the threat of being cursed forever. These people are fakes and are only trying to scare you out of your money. Don’t fall for it! Try contacting a Psychic at one of my recommended Psychic websites for a real reading with a real Psychic.

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    Jamie Franks June 15, 2016

    I would like to know how to get rid of these charm sellers once and for all?

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      Angela June 29, 2016

      If you figure it out Jamie please let me know.

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    Donna Ray May 26, 2017

    Hi – My name is Donna Ray and I just received a letter from Professor Gaspar of L.A. He promises many things for a fee of $25. This is what most of them charge, but there letters are often different. I’m wondering how to tell if this person is legitimate when there have been no reviews of him and the BBB can’t get him to answer.

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      Angela June 15, 2017

      Hi Donna,

      “Professor Gaspar” is a well known scam in the Psychic industry. Just throw the letters away and don’t look back.

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    Olga Olsovsky June 09, 2017

    Hi. I went to see a psychic that I heard on the radio. After second visit I was told I needed to buy 9 white expensive candles to free me from a curse & therefore show me the face of the one who cursed me. I spent $855.00 (I gave him the money to buy the candles) & I have not yet seen the candles. Afterwards I was told to cleanse myself (spiritual cleanse) with magnesium milk & olive oil & so I did something came out & the following day I took it to the psychic in a glass container with alcohol he said it’s a satanic larva he called another psychic & we were chatting live through his cell phone he said I had pooped the male & that the female is still inside of me & it can be very dangerous/deadly & that he has to do 33 spiritual sessions worth $8,000.00 to remove the female larva inside of me in order to be healthy & happy & he also said my daughter can be cursed as well. That scared me…..

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      Angela June 15, 2017

      Hi Olga,

      That was her goal all along…to scare you out of your money. Don’t fall for it. There is nothing living inside of you and you are not cursed. Try one of my recommended psychic services if you want a real Psychic that isn’t trying to drain your bank account.

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    Noreen July 20, 2017

    Are Tara visionary medium and Angela-Guardian Angel medium scams?

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      Angela July 21, 2017

      I’m not aware of them Noreen. Just look for the warning signs I outlined in this article.

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      Shanti July 27, 2017

      I have the same questions about Angela medium.. How to find out if it’s a scam?

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        Angela August 02, 2017

        Just follow this guide Shanti, if you notice they do any of the things outlined in this article it’s a scam.

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    Tamara July 28, 2017

    I received a letter in the mail from a psychic with the New Hope Emporium @PO Box 360889 Los Angeles.Her name is Angela Moore. Can you tell me anything about this same name psychic?
    Thank you,

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      Angela August 02, 2017

      Hi Tamara, the fact that they use a PO Box instead of a real physical address is a red flag for me. It’s a shame they have the same name as me but I am not affiliated with them. I’d steer clear most PO Boxes are untraceable. I’d be willing to bet this is a scam.

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    Ian porter August 06, 2017

    Hi.i keep getting emails .from
    ANGELA MEDIUM and TARA medium.
    Are these scammers ?
    They are wanting around £69 for a reading.
    And also saying bad things might happen.

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      Angela August 07, 2017

      Hi Ian,

      I don’t know anything about those Psychics but I would be cautious with anyone that says “bad things” might happen if you don’t contact them. Sounds like a scam to me.

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    Angie Phillips September 06, 2017

    Ann Steven not real site (www dot loveforforever dot com) don’t do it she’s from Houston TX, phone number 405*829*1060 how she has the website up I don’t know but don’t do it she a drunk and fake. through prayer and meditation She is so full of SH_T!! fee is $350 which i paid much less, I did not have that kind of money, suppose to be flat fee, the she came back wanting more. well shame on her. but the thing was she thought I hung up the phone , that’s when I heard the real. she’s fake using someone else website by the name of Victoria Page its blue with angles and hands. DONT DOT IT…. the original person Elizabeth Page is from Oklahoma City not Houston TX , How this woman Ann Stevens is doing this I don’t know but don’t do it. she accepts western Union , walmart to walmart, Western union need to notified not to allow this transactions to Houston TX in her name or phone number.


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