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Know Which Online Psychics Are Fakes & Ripoffs, Like Padre, Maria Medium, and The Extraordinary Chris
How You Can Tell, and Finding Real Psychics
Many online psychic ads offer free but bogus horoscopes or tarot readings which send the same message to everyone who asks. Usually these are very long messages trying to sell you high-priced "clairvoyant" or "psychic" services, or a "second reading." So far I've found misleading these online entities (click the links to read my investigations):
- Norah (out of business due to thousands of online complaints)
- Jenna (out of business due to thousands of online complaints)
- Gabriella (the first fake psychic our reviews drummed out of business!)
- Zoradamus (also calling herself "N. Zora") (That website won't open anymore.)
- Sylvia Browne (the late TV psychic and founder of SpiritNow.com and AskNow.com)
- George Tupak (As of January 2017, he's "on shamanic retreat," meaning "out of business.")
- Sara Freder (run by the same company as "Pasqualina")
- "Eric McCallum" and Numerologysecret.com
- "Aiden Powers" and Authenticnumerology.com
- "Katherine" and AstrologyAnswers.com ("Katherine" became "Adrian Ross Duncan," a real astrologer paid to allow the site to use his name.)
- "Barbara" and Astro-readings.com
- "Arabella," Spell-caster, U.K.
- The Extraordinary Chris
- Valentina Tarot
- Maria Medium
- Angela (run by the same company as "Padre")
Click on the names with links to find my full investigations of their services. When I looked for proof of their claims, such as being "a fourth-generation clairvoyant" or "winning a Psychic of the Year Award," finding no proofs I checked for Internet complaints. So should you. If you find many bitter complaints, all the evidence, starting with the fake horoscope, points to fakery overall.
"Tara" told me I'd won a lottery, and that she could prove it -- amazing, considering I didn't even play!
"Eric McCallum" predicts for everyone a "rare" and lucky "Temporal Pinnacle" when there is no such thing.
Almost always, "psychics" who use a first name only are fake. Using a first name only thwarts research and investigation.
"Tara Medium" is a Model
They Aren't Real and Neither are Their Readings
Ways to tell fake psychics by their photos: Psychic frauds know that you are suspicious, so there's been a trend to use plain middle-aged models in normal clothing, but don't be fooled. Google them all. Laugh at the ones wearing turbans, robes, glitter, or Goth, if they have perfect hair (like Barbara) and skin, if their photos are oversized (sure sign of a fake!), or if they have unusually vivid eye color ("Zoradamus" has irises of an unnatural blue).
The names and faces of these "psychics" are fronts for businesses that rake in millions by misleading people. They do not give customized, individualized psychic readings. Their products are "canned," or in the case of Sylvia Browne, mere guesses, almost always cruelly wrong. This is tragic for desperate people who want online psychics to tell them winning lottery numbers or explain a child's death.
Even if you are troubled or frantic, stop and think. Do you really believe "Zoradamus" is her real name, that she is a prophet who descends from a 16th-century soothsayer, has helped scores of people win big lottery and casino money, that she secretly advises top world businessmen, cures illness by phone and speaks seven languages? If somebody sat next to you on a plane or bus and told you all that, you would think they were insane. Why would you believe it when you read it online?
About Real Psychics
Real psychics are extremely rare, maybe one in ten million, and not all of them want to go into business. Real psychics do not have to advertise, nor do they have hotlines. They build a regular local or regional clientele through word of mouth. Maybe they could go online and invite the whole Internet to get a free reading from them 24/7/365, but that would be a terrible overload for one person, don't you think?
You will never find a real psychic by phone or online. What they say to you will be either very generalized or made up as they ask you questions and you answer. To find a real psychic, ask everyone you know; it might be a hundred miles away, but somebody knows one. Then meet in person and judge for yourself whether this psychic is real.
Real psychics sometimes "do" astrology or Tarot readings or use those as a tool, but astrology and Tarot are not psychic. Astrology and Tarot require extensive education and training. By contrast, real psychics have a gift. They do not need training and mentoring. They probably have unlisted phone numbers. They might very well be miserable with their gift and wish they did not have it.
It works the other way, too: Real, trustworthy astrologers do not claim to be psychics. Astrologers and psychics have nothing in common. Misleading ads for "clairvoyant horoscopes" bet that most people don't know this.
Even real psychics, because they are human, are never 100 percent right, and not every question has an answer.
Still Think You Need a Psychic Reading?
First, Google the name of the psychic or company. Do NOT pay money or call a number if you find complaints. Fake psychics are big business. Needy, suffering people are their prey. The more they advertise, the more fake they are.
My opinion about psychic readings done "remotely" by phone or email is that electronic energy fields and the pressure on both the reader and the caller greatly interfere with the clarity of a psychic transaction.
Local psychics have websites so people can find them or book a reading, so you can try that, but I have been to three local psychics and was disappointed. One struggled along, getting everything wrong, and then declared me "hard to read." So it was my fault!
The other did a move that is classic fake! Very often, a fake psychic will tell you that someone important in your life has the initial "R." Every one of us has that, whether it's Robert our boss or Rover our dog, or a neighbor or lawyer with that initial. To read other things fake psychics typically say, see this article.
A friend I'll call Sarah went to a psychic, although it was 70 miles outside of the city and its price was very high. The psychic was a plain-faced, working-class woman who lived with her parents in a small house and met clients in the living room. When Sarah came in, the psychic said she saw an orange aura and said, "You're anticipating something," and asked, "Who's George?" Sarah had just had a first date with a man named George. That was probably much like the experience you will have if you find a real psychic.
In my opinion your best bet for quick customized information and guidance is a local Tarot card reader with a good reputation, one you meet in person. Ask around at natural-foods stores, coffeehouses, spas, and hotels. A real Tarot reader is a combination counselor and diviner, and an ethical one will be happy to give you references. The price will be reasonable.
Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, monitors online horoscope and psychic sites for quality and accuracy. Copyright 2017 by Sylvia Sky. Sylvia does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages.