5 Ways To Avoid Getting Scammed By A Fake Psychic

We all know that the internet is FULL of psychic scammers! I receive so many desperate emails by fake psychics such as Psychic Esmeralda, William Guardian Angel, The Extraordinary Chris and many others. Their hope is to scare me into giving them my money by telling me that I have curses or spells on me.

When they’re not hoping to scare me then they’re trying to convince me that they are my guardian angel and that I need to talk to them right this minute!! They always start out as free readings and most of the time they aren’t even 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 fraudulent psychics on the internet makes finding an authentic and trustworthy one an exhausting task. If you’re not sure exactly where to look for the best psychics, your search can be frustrating and time-consuming.

Reaching out to someone you thought was an honest psychic and paying them only to receive a broad and generic reading is so aggravating. No one wants to give a scammer their hard-earned money! Avoid being in this situation by following the 5 easy steps below:

  1.  Go Through A Reputable Psychic Network To Find Your PsychicReputable online psychics

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 the website is operated in a shady country you’ve never heard of- I’m looking at you Gibraltar– then you should click away and keep searching.

You can also tell whether a psychic company is reputable or not by inspecting the actual website itself. Is there just one button to click and voila- there’s your psychic? Or are there different categories and filters available so that you can get a reading from a psychic to help you with a specific issue?

If there’s just one option for a free emailed reading versus tabs for advice on career, family, love, etc. then you should click out and find a different network.

Psychics use different methods and tools in their trade as well- such as tarot card reading, astrology, numerology, and mediumship. If those various forms aren’t an option then that’s not a good sign.

A reputable psychic network will have a profile or information about each of their psychics so that you can read through and pick the one that resonates better with you. Also, you should stick to companies that have 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.

  1. Know What Red Flags To Watch Out ForPsychic red flags

The next step after examining the website is to check out all the psychics they have available. Unfortunately, unless you go with the time-tested and highly reviewed networks on my reviews page who 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 that they are genuine and you can “feel” what they’re saying or does it all sound empty and just full of catchy words and phrases?

Do they seem passionate about their calling and gift or does it feel like they don’t really enjoy their line of work? 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 and 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 because they know how important trust is when it comes to something as intimate as a psychic reading. They also know that 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 the claims they make 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 instead just make mention of the fact that they have successfully reunited lovers before?

A “psychic” that claims to have perfect results every single time is a red flag. However, if the psychic speaks more modestly about themselves then they are more trustworthy because they are being honest and humble. They’re not trying to sound better than they are or over-selling themselves.

You can pretty much bet that a psychic who exaggerates on their profile are going to exaggerate things while speaking to you. Choose the psychic that sounds unpretentious, realistic, and down-to-earth.

  1. Find Out What Their Psychic Gifts ArePsychic tools

Once you’ve chosen an honest psychic from a trustworthy network, make sure they’re upfront and transparent about what methods they use during readings. Don’t be afraid to ask them at the beginning of the reading if this isn’t listed on their profile.

Genuine psychics don’t have a problem letting you know how they get their insights and messages. Psychics can get their information and predictions through 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.

Some might be gifted with the ability to use both and choose whichever one they feel is best for your particular situation at the time.

  1. Read The Psychics’s Ratings, Reviews, And Customer FeedbackPsychic ratings

If you go through any of the online networks I recommend, they will have reviews, ratings, and feedback available on the website for their psychics. It will include both the good and the bad, and it will not be edited.

Once you’ve decided on a psychic that you feel will be the best match for you, take a couple of minutes to read their reviews. Check out what other people before you thought of them and see what their general rating is. People will let you know if the psychic provided a quality service and whether or not they were helpful, honest, and ethical.

Being ethical in the psychic industry means not lying to people about having curses or spells placed on them so 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 the money companies that test, verify, and background check their psychics.

  1. Be Prepared During In-Person Psychic ReadingsPsychic shop

Scamming psychics have certain tricks up their sleeve that you have to watch out for. Most of them are really good at reading your body language and facial expressions when you visit one face-to-face. This 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 and they won’t know anything about you except what you choose to 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 you with a transcript of your conversation. It can be saved in your member account area to be viewed or downloaded for later.

This is really neat because you can always go back and see what was advised or suggested to you during the reading. Conversations can get heavy and it might be a lot to remember so it’s nice to know it’s available.

Even if you don’t choose the chat option and prefer to call or video message, I still suggest taking notes of the discussion. You can also ask the psychic if they’re ok with you recording the call and 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 so they won’t let you record them and they won’t provide chat readings as an option.

Although there can be some honest psychic shops near you that you can consult in person, I’m always suspicious of them because they operate independently and don’t have the same rules, regulations, ethic codes, or verification that online psychics do.

They can pretty much do and say whatever they want to you without any recourse. It’s a lot harder to get a refund as well if you’re not satisfied with the reading and, in most cases you never end up getting one.

If they get enough heat or complaints against them they can just close down shop and move to a different city or location without leaving a paper trail that allows them to be located.

However, if you DO choose to go that route, make sure you 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 they can.

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 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 you realizing it so try to remain calm and relaxed.

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 need to ask you a few questions here and there but make sure you’re the main one asking THEM the questions. They should never be the ones doing the majority of the question 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 agent contact information on the website or mobile app you’re on and ask them for a recommendation. You can let them know what you’re needing the most help with, be it relationship issues, money concerns, whatever, and they will be happy to help you choose one.

When you do speak to a psychic that you really like, make sure to 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 and this way you’ll always know how to contact them. Don’t be afraid to talk to different psychics every time either though, as they each have their own 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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