5 Ways To Avoid Getting Scammed By A Fake Psychic

We all know the internet is FULL of psychic scammers! They’re hoping they can scare you into giving them your money by telling you you have curses or spells. I receive many desperate emails from fake psychics such as Psychic EsmeraldaWilliam Guardian Angel, and The Extraordinary Chris. They always have the same goal in mind.

When they’re not hoping to scare me, they’re trying to convince me they’re my guardian angel and that I need to talk to them right this minute!! They always start as free readings and aren’t real people– let alone real psychics! Searching the web for a psychic on your phone or computer will pull up all kinds of frauds and scams. The mind-boggling amount of online fraudulent psychics makes finding an authentic and trustworthy one exhausting.

Your search can be frustrating and time-consuming if you’re unsure exactly where to look for the best psychics. Reaching out to someone you thought was an honest psychic only to receive a broad and generic reading is aggravating. No one wants to give a scammer their hard-earned money! Avoid being in this situation by following the five easy steps below:

Go Through A Reputable Psychic Network To Find Your Psychic

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You can rest assured you’re in good hands when you go through a well-known psychic network like Psychic Source, Ask Now, and Path Forward. They use the most up-to-date technology, have customer service reps you can talk to, offer satisfaction guarantees, and operate out of legal and developed countries.

If you can’t get an actual human on the phone, or if they run the website out of a shady country you’ve never heard of- I’m looking at you, Gibraltar– you should click away and keep searching. You can also tell whether a psychic company is reputable by inspecting the website itself. Is there just one button to click, and voila- there’s your psychic? Or are different categories and filters available to find a psychic to help you with a specific issue?

You should find a different network if there’s just one option for a free emailed reading versus tabs for advice on career, family, love, etc. Psychics use different methods and tools in their trade- such as tarot card reading, astrology, numerology, and mediumship. It’s not a good sign if those various forms aren’t an option. A reputable psychic network will have a profile or information on each of its psychics so you can read through and pick the one that resonates better with you.

Also, you should stick to companies with ratings and reviews on their website. If there’s nowhere for people to leave feedback on their experience, that’s a red flag. As a rule of thumb, the more basic the website, the higher the chance of it being a scam, and the more detailed the site, the higher the chance of it being a reputable company with genuine psychics.

Know What Red Flags To Watch Out For

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The next step after examining the website is to check out all the available psychics. Unfortunately, unless you go with the time-tested and highly reviewed networks on my reviews page that have tested and verified their psychics, a company can be trustworthy but have some dishonest scammers sneak in pretending to be psychics. So how do you know if a psychic is scamming you or not?

You can start by paying attention to specific details. Is their profile filled out and hefty, or is it slim and lacking substance? Does your gut instinct tell you they are genuine and you can “feel” what they’re saying, or does it all sound empty and full of catchy words and phrases? Do they seem passionate about their calling and gift, or does it feel like they don’t enjoy what they’re doing?

For example, a psychic that loves what they do will usually further expand their skills by taking courses or learning from other psychics. Another tell-tell sign is whether or not their profile shows an actual picture of them, not an animation, avatar, or generic psychic-related photo (such as a picture of a deck of cards or a crystal ball.)

A Genuine Psychic Isn’t Afraid To Use Their Real Photo

They know trust is important for something as intimate as a psychic reading. They also know a picture is worth a thousand words, and you can tell a lot about a person by their photo. You also need to pay attention to how they talk about themselves and their claims about their abilities. What I mean by this is, do they promise to be able to reunite ALL lovers 100% of the time, or do they just mention that they have successfully reunited lovers before?

A “psychic” claiming perfect results every time is a red flag. However, if the psychic speaks more modestly about themselves, they are more trustworthy because they are honest and humble. They’re not trying to sound better than they are or over-selling themselves. You can bet that a psychic who exaggerates their profile will exaggerate things while speaking to you. Choose the psychic that sounds unpretentious, realistic, and down-to-earth.

Find Out What Their Psychic Gifts Are

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Once you’ve chosen an honest psychic from a trustworthy network, ensure they’re upfront and transparent about their methods during readings on their profile. If they’re not, don’t be afraid to ask them at the beginning of the reading. Genuine psychics don’t have a problem letting you know how they get their insights and messages. Psychics can get their information and predictions in various ways.

Some use divination tools like Tarot Cards, crystal balls, scrying mirrors, runes, spirit boards, etc. Others use their gift of intuitive Clair-senses, such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance, etc. A special group of psychics is gifted with the ability to use both methods. They can choose whichever one they feel is best for your particular situation at the time.

Read The Psychics’s Ratings, Reviews, And Customer Feedback

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The online networks I recommend have reviews, ratings, and feedback available on the website for their psychics. They include both the good and the bad and will be unedited. Once you’ve decided on a psychic you feel will be the best match for you, take a few minutes to read their reviews. Check out what others thought of them and see their general rating. People will tell you if the psychic provided a quality service and was helpful, honest, and ethical.

Being ethical in the psychic industry means not lying to people about having curses or spells placed on them. If you see anyone mention that the psychic told them they had that, move on to the next one! Again, that’s not something you have to worry about if you go through one of my recommended companies that test, verify, and run background checks on their psychics. Scamming psychics have certain tricks up their sleeves you have to watch out for.

Most of them are good at reading your body language and facial expressions when you visit them face-to-face. This trickery is another reason I prefer going through a reputable online psychic network instead of a walk-in psychic shop. With online psychics, you can choose to talk to them over the phone or chat with them instantly over the Internet. They won’t know anything about you except what you tell them. This means they rely on their psychic gifts and intuition when helping you instead of using your body language against you.

Another good thing about getting a chat reading through an online network is that they provide a transcript of your conversation. The transcript can be saved in your member account area to view or download later. Having this saved is neat because you can always go back and see what they told you during the reading. Conversations can get heavy and might be a lot to remember, so it’s nice to know it’s available.

If you don’t choose the chat option and prefer to call or video message, still take notes of the discussion. You can also ask the psychic if they’re ok with you recording the call; if they aren’t, that’s a red flag to me. A fake psychic won’t want you to keep track of what they told you. For this reason, they won’t let you record them or provide chat readings as an option.

Be Cautious With In-Person Psychics


Although there can be honest psychic shops near you that you can consult in person, I’m always suspicious of them. They operate independently and don’t have the same rules, regulations, ethical codes, or verification as online psychics. In-person psychics can do and say whatever they want to you without any recourse. Also, getting a refund is a lot harder, if not impossible, if you’re not satisfied with the reading. They can close up shop if they get enough heat or complaints against them.

They can move to a different city or location without leaving a paper trail that allows someone to locate them. However, if you choose that route, wear “plain” clothing and as little jewelry as possible. If you walk in looking like a million bucks with valuable jewelry and name-brand clothing, a fake psychic will instantly see that, and you’ll be their next target for taking as much money from you as possible. They’ll stop at nothing to rip you off, making up extravagant lies and scaring you into paying them to remove “curses, spells, or bad luck” from you.

Also, be aware that when you’re in the same room as someone, periods of silence can feel more awkward, and you might feel pressured to fill the silence. This small talk can result in you saying too much and giving away too many details. Scamming psychics love this because it makes it easier to trick you into believing they know what they’re talking about. They’re good at using what you say against you without realizing it, so remain calm and relaxed.

Don’t Do All The Talking

Do your best to resist the urge to keep the conversation moving if it’s been silent for too long. It’s the psychic’s job to keep the reading moving along. It’s understandable for them to ask you questions here and there but make sure you’re the main one asking questions. They should never be the ones doing the majority of the asking!

While these tips should help you find a great psychic advisor for your particular needs, choosing one can still be tricky- especially if it’s your first time. Feel free to find the customer service contact information on their website or app and ask them for a recommendation. You can let them know what you need the most help with, be it relationship issues, money concerns, or whatever, and they will be happy to help you choose one.

When you speak to a psychic you like, bookmark their page or create an account on the site and add them to your favorites list. You can create several favorites for different topics, so you’ll always know how to contact them. It’s also okay to talk to other psychics every time, though, as they each have unique gifts. Above all else, be sure to relax and enjoy your reading! That’s as important as everything else I’ve listed!

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Angela Moore founded Psychic Review Online in 2008 after being scammed out of her life savings by a psychic con artist. Since then she has devoted her time to rooting out the frauds and helping people find a real psychic reader.

  1. It all sounds common sense. And if it truly is, what do I truly need to be looking this up for? Not getting down on anything. I’m searching here. Do not trust anyone who pops up on your phone. What I’ve learned here is to trust my saviour, Jesus Christ. And pray much more.

    • Hi Ray,

      Sometimes these scam artists prey on vulnerable people. They’re very good at it too, it’s their job. Just because a person is out here trying to find answers doesn’t mean they lack common sense.

  2. I no I shouldn’t trust William guardian angel. But I do. No matter what people say.

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