As a psychic medium who’s proud of her work, I get disgusted and angry whenever I hear about phony clairvoyants whose only aim is to hoodwink people out of their money or, worse, their sense of power. I hope you never fall prey right into a spider web cast by a devious intuitive. And to ensure you don’t, here is how to identify a psychic scam artist.
1. The scammer says you’re cursed, and only they will remove this curse.
There isn’t any such thing as a curse. Nobody can give you the evil eye unless you believe it. And when you believe someone has the power to make bad things happen to you, your belief system turns your fears into reality. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Nobody could make you are feeling bad without your permission.”
2. The scammer wants a ridiculous amount of cash for a session.
Many psychics base their rates on their notoriety. Expect to pay The Long Island Medium or John Edward several hundred dollars for a session. Do not pay that kind of cash to an unknown psychic with a neon crystal ball in the storefront window.
3. The scammer says you need more sessions with them to clear away your problem.
Bogus mystics often offer a free first reading, or charge just $20 to lure you in. But then they will inform you you’re cursed and need to come back again – and again – at $100 a pop.
4. The scammer says you need to give them your money “to clean.”
Do not laugh. I’ve heard stories from doctors and lawyers who’ve handed over tens of thousands of dollars because they were told their money was cursed and unclean. And once that happened, their money was gone with the wind.
5. The scammer says you could buy their “mystical trinkets.”
I’ve given readings and suggested to clients they could want to hold a certain stone on their person to help ground them. I’ve also suggested books for clients to read, like Louise Hay’s You can Heal Your Life. But there is a world of difference between a $5 stone (I don’t carry anything for sale in my office) or a book that you may as well get out of a library, and $150 candles scammers sell that, after burning, will “clear away negative energy.” Believe me, you’re feeling plenty positive after burning a $2.50 vanilla-scented votive available just about anywhere.
6. The scammer tells you that you have no power.
You might be essentially the most powerful person you realize. Why? Because you’ve gotten the strength to say “No!” Never give your power away to anyone – especially someone masquerading as a psychic.
A psychic is presupposed to advise, not provide you with a lucky spell to fix your life or make doom-and-gloom pronouncements. People who want their problems to be magically fixed are in danger of becoming victims – because they give away their hope and power. Believe me, working to improve your life is just that – work. Lucky Charms should only be for breakfast.