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Is The Long Island Medium a Fake?

Updated on December 31, 2015

Theresa Caputo

The Long Island Medium is one of TV's most popular shows
The Long Island Medium is one of TV's most popular shows

Theresa Caputo's surge to fame continues

A lot of controversy surrounds TV's wildly popular Theresa Caputo, the self-proclaimed "psychic" from Long Island, NY. Skeptics argue she is nothing short of a hoaxer, a cold-reading charlatan taking advantage of the grief of unsuspecting victims. Fans and even objective observers argue, however, that she is "legit", a genuine psychic medium who is able to connect with the dead in the "after life".

Her show on TLC is one of the highest-rated cable television shows of all time, and has been renewed by the TLC network for a fifth season starting March, 2014 (see below). Caputo also published a book, released in October of 2013, and now a New York Times Best Seller. The attention and buzz over America's favorite new psychic only seems to be intensifying. She remains a polarizing and incredibly popular figure. Amid a spare of fallen TV psychics who have suffered scandal and public scorn, her stock and star power only continues to rise.

Web Fraud Squad
Web Fraud Squad | Source

Watchdog group blasts The Long Island Medium

Amid the Caputo fanfare, a new web site has appeared that is accusing the Long Island Medium of being an out-and-out phony. The site on the Long Island Medium claims they "have made contact with a close family friend of the Caputos". They claim this person has come forward to them exclusively to share their story and describe events they have witnessed that suggest Theresa Caputo is a fake.

The site is an extension of the Web Fraud Squad, a watchdog group known for exposing fake TV shows, such as Food Network's much-maligned "Mystery Diners", TLC's Return To Amish and A&E's Duck Dynasty. The investigative team behind Web Fraud Squad is comprised of certified private investigators employed by Roy Tribble, who runs a popular blog titled, The Scam Watchdog Blog. and reviews products like the best binary options robot, Binary Matrix Pro and Walter Green's Free Money System.

So far, The Long Island Medium's "source", the family friend, has yet to reveal their identity. They are only known as "Kim", a name indicated to have been changed to protect their identity. Nevertheless, the claims are compelling and appear to reveal intricate details of Caputo's inner circle. "Kim" says Caputo uses a wide array of resources to find out information on her subjects before "reading" them during a session.

"When she's talking and seems to be receiving information from the afterlife, that's all made up. I know. I've seen how she does it. And yes, she has told me herself, that it's fake. I've had interactions with her, at a time when she felt she could trust me, and I was made aware of things. I was made aware of things that I believe the world needs to know about. I know she's going to do everything she can to destroy me once she finds out who I am, so I'm being careful with this. She has a lot more money than I do."

-- "Kim", Long Island Medium's inside family source

The Web Fraud Squad has also promised further details, including future audio and video interviews with their whistle-blower. They have also placed another story on their site from an additional eye-witness, which offers a first-hand account of Caputo's shenanigans at her popular "live" shows. This witness describes how Caputo avoids doing readings in the back rows of auditoriums and mostly sticks to talking to people in the first few rows in front of her. One of her "tricks" she uses to pull this off is that she wears a pair of extremely uncomfortable high-heel shoes, and she makes jokes about how uncomfortable they are and how hard it is for her to walk to the back rows in them.

As exclaims, "She can't buy a pair of sneakers?" The source provided two photos showing Caputo still wearing the same shoes at events in 2012 and 2013! The source also described how some of her readings were for people who could easily be "Googled" and their background information found almost instantly. They also described aggressive security staff and bodyguards who didn't want any photos or audio equipment used during the live show.


There's no sign she's backing down

In the meantime, Theresa Caputo's success and popularity continues to rise. Her live shows consistently sell out, she continues to make TV appearances on shows like Dr. Oz and her book is projected to be a huge best-seller.

Psychics will always have detractors. It is a part of the business. As it stands, Caputo appears to have weathered a few storms, including criticism from skeptic James Randi, world-renowned for his unabashed approach in exposing frauds and fakes.

"Why do these pseudo-psychic spectacles bother those of us at the James Randi Educational Foundation? First, and foremost: They are not true. [...] But much more importantly to us, such performances seem to prey on people at their most vulnerable moments — those who have suffered the loss of loved ones — and these mediums use such grief to make a buck. Psychologists tell us this keeps the grieving stuck in their grief, rather than going through the natural stages of acceptance that are healthy."

- James Randi, Wired, 5-19-13

Fans don't seem to care about the criticism, however, and their loyalty is evidenced by their vociferous defense of her on internet forums and comment sections. Time will tell whether Caputo's popularity holds up, or goes the way of other psychics, such as John Edward, who briefly gained fame, but eventually fell out of favor with the public.

Her show finished 5th season on May 18th

The Long Island Medium's TV show returned to the airwaves March 9th, 2014 for her 5th Season on TLC with a Sunday night all-out marathon that involved her offering live comments via Twitter. There was also be a contest via Twitter for free readings from Caputo.

The news came as many fans wondered what happened to the show, as TLC inexplicably stopped airing it after December, 2013. It appears TLC is desperate to emulate and copy the success of Caputo's show by airing new, gimmicky shows like "The 600lb Man", but there is still no substitute for Caputo's huge popularity.

"No one can replace her, no one," said Roy Tribble in a recent radio interview, the media scrutineer and proprietor of the Web Fraud Squad and popular sites like, who has dogged Caputo from her beginnings; he continued, "I still think she's one of the best, even if I think she's a fake. I would rather watch her show than anything else on TV. It's beyond me why TLC doesn't show the show more often, people love it and they love her. It's honestly a travesty her show is not on everyday, it's so much better than all of the other garbage they air."

Ratings for the 5th season were well above expectations, averaging 2 million viewers per episode. It appears the show has a long future ahead of it, with a possible syndication deal in the works.

Her second book is on the way!

In a stroke of irony not lost on skeptics, Theresa Caputo is releasing her second book in September, titled "You Can't Make This Stuff Up." Some would argue that she most certainly can make "this stuff up". The book appears to be a rehash of stories told in the first one, with little new light shed on her background or history, which remains almost entirely a mystery where she came from and her past. Despite critics, Caputo barrels ahead, determined to market her brand of mysticism to a public hungry for answers about the after life.

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      Randa Awn Handler 23 months ago from USA

      Just noticed this Hub! Interesting. You can see my take on 'fake' and 'real' psychics on a my recent Hub.

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      theresa-caputo 2 years ago

      Thank you for the comments!

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      susan 2 years ago

      Probably has an ear piece under all that hair, that someone's feeding info to her. Speaking of hair, time to change that mess. It's a puffy football helmet, with black roots. Pull it away from the ears. Prove me wrong.

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      unsure 2 years ago

      If what I read is true, she should be ashamed. Playing make believe with peoples lives is cruel. If you are the cold hearted women I've read, that people have said you are, after a reading for your show, Lord have mercy on your soul. As well as the staff and crew that works for you. If not for them digging for your answers, guess you'd be looking like the fool. A Sylvia Brown wanna be? Maybe mom doesn't appear on the show, because she doesn't want to be part of her daughter scamming on innocent people. Really want to believe what I've read to be not true, but why would you charge outrageous prices, to help people with grief, if not for your own benefit?? If you have the gift, why are u abusing others for your own gain. Disappointingly, have to say, now I'm sure. Stop hurting people & taking their money. Pay the collage education bills like every other parents, get a real job. What does the husband do anyway, besides follow you around and stand in the background. Does he have a job?? Yep, I'm sure. Shame on you

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      Believer 2 years ago

      Hey "Kim", if she is a fake, prove it. Out yourself. What are u afraid off?? If she is, she shouldn't be on the air. So prove it, or button it up!! To all u others that doubt her, your opinion is your opinion. Disbelievers will have a lot of, not nice things to say. Don't like her show, don't watch, problem solved!! The one you all should be picking on is this"Kim", who clams "she's" a family member who wants to rat her out, but to afraid, or ashamed to own up to who this person is. Are u a "she"? Or could you be a "he", and to chicken to admit it. This would be the "person" you need to be picking on, if holds the truth you want to hear. Rat's in your own family, that's got to hurt. Shame on you"Kim"!!!

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      sherri 2 years ago

      Those who don't know, don't understand. I do, but don't do for profit. It's possible, it is a gift, by who? Who knows. She wishes to share with other's, and her choice, so if mistakes are made in the reading, she faces the criticism form the public. If she is doing for profit, shame on her. If this "Kim" family member did turn on her. Why are u hiding. What are u afraid of if she's a fake??

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      Uber-Bro of the Unborn 3 years ago

      I wouldn't say that the Long Island Medium is a fake as much as the spirits she is contacting! How do know those ghosts are not lying us!?

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      rob 3 years ago

      It is so sad that people still fall for this crap! All these people who talk to or channel the dead, why can't it be so much easier? Why can't the spirits just tell the psychic their name and the name of the person to be contacted?! Its always, "Did someone lose their Dad, Mom, Sister..." Etc. Why do the spirits always make it a guessing game??!! Answer: Because its not real!!!

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      Betsy 3 years ago

      I have seen every show . You think if someone could fake it , I don't think so.. If you're normal, stable person who believes in some extraordinary exists you wouldn't argue with the details she pulls out. She's a medium for sure, she goes thru up and downs like we do. Her power is weak and strong at communicating, she doesn't want to admit it or understand. But she's surely gifted no doubt

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      Supergirl1210 3 years ago

      Is the fraud squad going to save the world by revealing Theresa Caputo is fake? Do you know how ridiculous your squad is? Jealous? I stand by my words...look for the real frauds in the world...I'm not a Theresa Caputo worshiper but simply observing her abilities and so far so good.

      "Why doesn't your fraud squad go after the REAL frauds such as the administration and associations of the world polluting our air, water, food and crops? Let's name a few: Government officials control the air with the chem trail issue. Pharmaceutical companies are creating customers not cures. FDA approves drugs that are lethal. AMA is a money making machine who bows down to Big Pharma. Big Pharma Empire is a toxic distributor and doesn't care for cures. Cancer fund fraud raisers are getting away with theft. Banks are ripping people off with high interest rates and blackmail. The medical field takes advantage of many people who are diseased by using chemo, surgery and prescription drugs only to realize it is a money making scheme not a cure. So tell me who are the REAL frauds destroying our rainforest all in the name of money, money, money? Doesn’t your squad have something better to do than pick on a psychic who does her job and goes home. She makes the audience happy. She doesn’t destroy people’s lives like our government does. Your squad is a hypocritical group of morons!"

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      Unaltered Cures 3 years ago

      Why doesn't your fraud squad go after the REAL frauds such as the administration and associations of the world polluting our air, water, food and crops? Let's name a few: Government officials control the air with the chem trail issue. Pharmaceutical companies are creating customers not cures. FDA approves drugs that are lethal. AMA is a money making machine who bows down to Big Pharma . Big Pharma Empire is a toxic distributor and doesn't care for cures. Cancer fund fraud raisers are getting away with theft. Banks are ripping people off with high interest rates and blackmail. The medical field takes advantage of many people who are diseased by using chemo, surgery and prescription drugs only to realize it is a money making scheme not a cure. So tell me who are the REAL frauds destroying our rainforest all in the name of money, money, money? Doesn’t your squad have something better to do than pick on a psychic who does her job and goes home. She makes the audience happy. She doesn’t destroy people’s lives like our government does. Your squad is a hypocritical group of morons!

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      angela 3 years ago

      phone are bad to. Psychic Source is also a scam. only paid 20 dollars, but they lied about everything. some psychics are real, but the prices are ridiculous. some will charge you up to 600 dollars for just 30 minutes. people think it's a good amount of time, but believe me its not. not everyone is rich. most psychics only help upper class people like James van Praagh, Sylvia brown, And even John Edwards. psychics are given this gift for a reason. to help people, not to get rich. I would never pay a psychic that kind of money to care about me. who do they think they are. think about it. these psychics say they get their information for the spirits, or our deceased loved ones and that is how they give us our messages. well why should we pay the psychics. the spirits should get the money lol. but if it were up to the spirits.they wouldn't charge us nothing. maybe one day heavenly father will put some psychics down here to care for the pour as well.

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      lajmh 3 years ago

      The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2116 says "All forms of divination (italics-sic) are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supported to "unveil" the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to MEDIUMS (emphasis mine) all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone".

      What this means, people, is that even watching the show...even for entertainment purposes or "just for giggles", is essentially breaking the First Commandment". This show should be off the air, turn the channel, whatever you do, don't watch.

      If she is truly a devout Catholic, she should know better to than to be in this psychic business and she should be VERY afraid of where her soul is headed.

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      theresa-caputo 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, Gavin. Maybe she is real.

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      GavinMacQueen 3 years ago

      I actually had a reading done by Theresa. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical, so I contacted all my friends and relatives and asked them to let me know if anyone from the show, or anyone suspicious called them prior to my reading. My reading was amazing. She knew exactly the circumstances of the loved one that I had lost. She even was able to tell me some things that only I know, for example; she knew that I had mentally asked my loved one to bring up a word during the reading. I freaked out when Theresa said, "I'm being asked to bring up "waffles"? Her expressing was priceless. There was no way for her to know what the secret word was, yet she brought it up. Can anyone explain this?

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      Rick p indy 3 years ago

      Everyone wants to believe that our loved ones are still with us, me too!

      I have some physhic gifts myself, but

      Cannot talk to the dead, I do have

      Dreams however where I connect

      With my parents (both deceased) and

      Have got messages that were accurate!

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      Contemplate Now 3 years ago

      "Making people feel better", is not a justifiable reason for dishonesty, deceit and financial gain through fraud. My deepest sympathies for the unawakened that believe in Ms Caputo and those like her.

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      Obvi 4 years ago

      I can't believe that people still fall for cold reading. She's not even a good one. Notice how she never comes right out and says anything she only asks questions then as soon as she gets a hit via nod she moves into that topic. Her questions come right out of cold reading 101.

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      dsj15 4 years ago

      It seems to me that it doesn't matter whether she is completely genuine or not. Having watched a number of her shows most seem legit. Some seem to stretch credibility (I.e. her shopping or going to the vet with the cameras). My point though is that if she is making ALL these people feel good, or giving them closure, real or not, then she is well intentioned and not abusing her "power" whether it be a gift, a talent, or just skill in information gathering. In my opinion she is a positive influence in the world.

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      patricia 4 years ago

      I agree with josh

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      Josh 4 years ago

      She interprets what she sees. Bottom line. You always see her say that she is "just a vessel for spirit".

      People always think that she reads minds. Not the case. Its like trying to describe a dream you have, when you're the only one that has it. You can't control the dream, only what the dream shows you.

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      Dana 4 years ago

      Im just curios n food for thought why with hippa laws isvit standard proceedure that theresa has a film crew follow her into Dermatologist office into exam room to and then coincedentially connects with the medical assistant grandmother? Does theresa just happen to take a film crew shopping for college and into her daughters dorm room , having lunch with her cousin shopping at grocery store. Hmmmmm. Just seems staged to me. Just sayyin

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      Sean 4 years ago

      Anybody that believes she is legit is oh so gullible.

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      bob sackamanno 4 years ago

      So I guess she gets the background information of random people in supermarkets? Sounds like this source is either envious of her success or they are one of those bitter atheists who hates anything to do with faith. She also calls people out on random things

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      Tinker Place 4 years ago from Brookings, Oregon

      Wishful thinking and grief a combination that can break your checking account. There are no such beings on this planet anyway capable of contacting the dead or predicting what is going to happen period that have ever been proven. When they are put into a situation that the person stays silent they get less than 20 percent correct which most people could do, they are just good at hitting vulnerabilities and reading people.

      It is a unforgiven act to prey on the weak, grief ridden, and vulnerable. Worse yet are the networks that capitalize on these frauds.

      Use the brain you were given if anyone claims they can and if you still have to do it, give a false name, no address or phone number where they can trace your information nowadays with internet, they can et enough to shock and awe you. If without that info and your silence they can hit the nail on the head on more than generalities then maybe just maybe they are for read.

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      Someone in Dallas 4 years ago

      Changed my mind after seeing her live....way too many "deer in the headlight" looks from those she was reading.... Interesting that the only messages that came through were for audience members on the first floor and none in the balconies.... Spirit must be very organized by section? bored after 30 minutes of "the experience" was like watching 3 very poor, unedited episodes back-to-back... charming stage personality, adorable and very likeable but, in my opinion, not believable in person

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      Steven Gaylord 4 years ago

      The only reason I'm here is because my wife is a sucker for this show. She watches the show, I'm on the PC.

      Remember Psychic Hotline's Dionne Warwick? She got busted with marijuana. Didn't see that one coming!

      Now, this Theresa gal, in one episode, lost one of her dogs. Where were her ghosts when she needed help finding her scruffy little doggie?

      Yeah! Pointed this one out to my wife... Blindness is a matter of choice!

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      Heather 4 years ago

      If this is true it's obviously not good spirits talking to her because it says in the Bible not to talk to the dead and God wouldn't let them do that so if it is spirits they are Demond's.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      First of all Edith, sorry but calling her names is being just as negative as you think she is. Never call a woman that, no woman deserves that.

      I believe Brown is fake with all my heart.

      As for Teresa well I find her to be sweet and bubbly however that could be her stage performance. She seems so real and people seem to love her. However when she said she talks to the dead that stopped my belief in her as no one can talk to the dead, once dead they cannot tell you anything, nor can they be brought back to life.

      She claims her gift comes from God, so either she is saying/hearing Gods voice on what to do/say or she is mocking God. Anyone that says their gift is from God and misuses it, is a mockery to the gift God did choose to give to his chosen ones.

      I would never ever go to anyone with my future. I know who holds the future and it isn't any human in this world.

      I know some have the gift to prophecy but that word is from God and God's word is the only word that doesn't change.

      I also have to say that these people/sites that that come along on utube or wherever to "debunk" a case are also nuts, they are fake too. They will do anything to try to get attention also. Adding fuel to the fire sort of speak.

      Remember when all those innocent children were killed at the school not long ago, these people came along and with nothing better to do I guess, came along and put the whole thing together as a cover up. They said they seen pictures of one of the "passed away" little girl sitting on the Presidents lap, they said the parents were seen in movies so they are actors. Come on how sad is that. As if any parent would allow their children to go through this for a scam

      So either way both parties are just as phoney

      Great hub though


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      Edith Ann 4 years ago

      She's is just like Kevin Trudeau, Sylvia Browne, Suze Orman. A liar and a thief. How can people believe this Long Island slut is intelligent at all she rolls her lips around a sign of deceit. If she was real there would not be a lost or unfound child in the world, she would know where they was at, why does people fall for these shills?

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      Jon Berhardt 4 years ago

      I don't know if she is a fake or not, but this article did a good job of giving all the facts. I'll wait for her book, I guess.

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      OMGirdle 4 years ago from United States

      I would like to have voted in your poll but could not find the answer I was looking for. I think she's real because of the intimate details she provides from her own intuitive. I also believe her because spirits do talk, appear and touch some of us. I know many people think death is the end. But you are open to it, you won't experience it. Once you experience it, you will believe it. Just my point of view.