How Close Should You Get with Your Psychic?

The Horror: "She sent an ancient Egyptian to follow me"

Mummy of Egyptian King Ahmose I, 15th century BCE
Mummy of Egyptian King Ahmose I, 15th century BCE | Source

One Reading Leads to Another

To protect yourself from fake psychic scams, remember: Any psychic who advertises is fake. That includes ads on the Internet or TV, or in New Age publications. Real psychics and clairvoyants born with visionary gifts don't need to advertise. If there's a genuine psychic in the area, word of mouth will attract more clients than he or she can handle. True psychics are very rare, perhaps one in ten million. They are never at your fingertips waiting for your call.

Fake psychics are professional manipulators. If you phone or visit a psychic for advice, you open up a working relationship they can soon convince you is a personal friendship -- except they will keep charging for it. Seduce, harass, threaten, phone in the middle of the night, "send spirits to haunt you" -- no true friend or professional adviser extorts money like that. Here's how some people got taken:

Case 1: Seduction

A married man, age 50 and father of two, looked up an old friend on Facebook. She was a part-time psychic and when they met she read his palm and Tarot cards and their intimate discussions led to an affair. She told him her Tarot cards advised him to divorce his wife of 25 years. He filed for divorce. Then the psychic predicted he would marry her. He said he "fell more in love with her every time" she read his cards. He had his salary paid into her account, and when the cards said he needed more money he sold his prized racing car and guitar collection. Over the 10 months of their affair he gave her 12,000 British pounds ($18,500 U.S.) in cash and gifts.

When the psychic left him, he realized he'd been duped. He reported her to newspapers and the Spiritual Workers Association and online sites. She then filed a harassment suit against him. The courts found him innocent. The man admitted he'd been a fool and hopes to re-marry the wife he divorced.

How Case 1 Was Tricked

This middle-aged, overweight, married man flirted and got infatuated and enticed into a sexual affair that so tickled him that he gladly gave up all he had, naively unaware that the "passion" of an early-stage relationship is mere lust, which lasts approximately 8 months. As a part-time psychic, the woman was well prepared to cash in when this man was most vulnerable. Beware of fortunetellers who flirt, or want to be involved in your intimate life.

Case 2: The Daily Reading

"I have been receiving email from an online psychic since late December and had doubts but didn't realize it was fake. The psychic started to complain more often since early April whenever I didn't pay her after her daily email reading. She asked for $49.99 in most emails. After I paid, she sent me a thank-you, and then the next email asked for more money. It seemed like endless gold-digging.

"I sent emails telling her to stop, but then they always bounced back. I suspect she is a witch. She knew that I had had a nightmare, and admitted she sent the ghost of an ancient Egyptian to follow me."

How Case 2 Was Tricked

Case 2 first got a free reading from this online psychic, and these readings, which are the same for everybody and sent by a "bot" or robot e-mail program, always recommend a "second reading" for anywhere from $29 to $79. Case 2 thought the free reading was accurate enough to pay for another, and then another, until she was paying the psychic $50 a day.

If you do pay for a second and third reading, the business learns you are credulous (or "superstitious" or "believe most anything") and that it can exploit you for money. Frequent customers are assigned to a salesperson pretending to be psychic who specializes in using threats to milk them for more money. They predict bad luck or "send a ghost" to haunt them unless more "psychic guidance" is purchased. Fortunately, because of the daily requests for money, Case 2 began to sense that she was being manipulated.

Case 3: "You Are in Danger"

"I talked to this woman . . .she told me the reading was $110 for a full reading, then she told me the danger zone I'm in. I had to pay another $440 for the crystals in order for things to turn around and work again. But I received no reports from her other than phone calls during wee hours at night; I had to wait till 2 a.m. to hear back from her, then all she told me was what message she's got through her meditation. So total I've paid $550, then I did a search online. I found out she's scammed someone else over $1000 for something she promised and could never deliver. At this point I realized I am her victim, too."

How Case 3 Was Tricked

This client contacted and paid a psychic who said, as many fake psychics do, that the client is in danger or under an evil spell the psychic can fix. A troubled or grieved person might believe that's true. The psychic, a fake but an experienced businessperson, knows that clients naive enough to pay $110 to a stranger they know only by phone are fair game to be pumped for more money: In this case, $440 for crystals to "turn things around."

Case 3 was smart enough to tell herself, "Wait--there's something odd here!" And then she googled the psychic.

Aren't There Exceptions?

Psychic readings, while unregulated, are not illegal. Maybe you know a phone psychic who has done you some good simply by listening, or gave you hope you needed, and it was worth the money.

It's possible that psychic consultants might become your real friends, but as anyone in the business world can tell you, a customer is not the same as a friend. If you're a paying customer, your psychic is not your friend.

Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, reviews online psychics and horoscopes and writes about occult matters. Sylvia does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages. Copyright 2015 by Sylvia Sky.

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