Life is about facing the unknown, but some people are very uncomfortable with that prospect. Whether it’s about your career, your love life, a family issue, the path you’re taking, or anything else – these unanswered questions can plague us and keep us awake at night. You might feel alone or frustrated with the way that things are going and want to turn wherever you can to find the answers that you seek.
Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that there are many psychics out there falsely offering promises and predictions that are baseless and will never come to pass. In fact, this is such a huge problem that it makes up a $22 billion dollar a year industry!
In this guide, we’ll reveal some of the warning signs you should look out for and how to spot a fake psychic from a mile away.
Table of Contents
- 1 8 Signs of a Fake Psychic or Medium
- 2 Traits That Make You Vulnerable To Fake Psychics
- 3 The Good News
8 Signs of a Fake Psychic or Medium
False Past Life Claims
All too often, scam artist “psychics” will utter this phrase and proceed to explain to a client that they were a great historical figure in their past life. For example, women are often told that they were queens in a former life – such as Cleopatra, Nefertiti, or Marie Antoinette.
Other common claims are that clients were a movie star or died in the Holocaust.
Claims That Leave You Hungry For More Information
Fake psychics will often make claims to get you curious or invested in what they have to say, and then leave you hanging unless you’re willing to pay more for their services.
Here are some things scam psychics might say to get you to fork over more cash in exchange for their unhelpful “advice” and “fortunes”:
- Your troubles stem from your former life, and for an advanced reading, we can reveal more about how to fix it.
- I’ve never seen an aura (or numbers, or a chart) quite like yours. You are quite an extraordinary client!
- You’re under the influence of a spell of black magic, but I offer services to help you through this.
- I know how to get your ex to return to you and guarantee results.
- My psychic intuitions and predictions are true 100% of the time.
- I’m sensing the energy of someone who has passed trying to reach you.
- Money and love are in the future, and with my guidance, you can stay on the right path.
- I saw you in a dream (or a vision).
- I have magic crystals and talismans to help you achieve your goals.
- Someone important to you has the initial “R” (or any other initial).
- My psychic powers were inherited from my ancestors.
Fake Psychics Only Tell You What You Want To Hear
Men consult psychics about issues regarding love only 11% of the time. They usually are asking about things like money and business. To contrast, women ask about love 85% of the time – and psychics know this. These fake psychics will try to tell you what you want to hear to keep you coming back for more!
Fake psychics know that their services are rarely called upon by contented and happy clients. They benefit from reading you well (as well as knowing the statistics that are most likely to be true for you) and telling you what you want to hear based on this information.
Using Fear Tactics
A genuine psychic wouldn’t ever use fear tactics to keep you coming back for more. However, because a phony psychic’s main priority is to keep you handing over your hard-earned cash, they will often resort to using scare tactics to keep you making more appointments, such as by telling you that the path you’re on is a careful one and that you’ll need continuous guidance to get the outcome you’re looking for. These fear tactics are nothing but a way to manipulate you into coming back for more sessions!
Claiming You Are Cursed
This is a tactic you’ll see a lot with fake psychics, but never from a genuine psychic. It’s an easy scam to recognize if you know what to look for, and it’s the oldest one in the book – because fake psychics have found that it works on those ignorant enough to fall for it!
A fake psychic will often claim that you are surrounded by “dark energy” or that there is a “dark cloud” over you. They might even go so far as to say that your family is cursed. This is yet another form of a fear tactic to scare you into providing more information – information they can then use to scam you further or keep you coming back in their door for more (costly) sessions.
Fraudulent psychics use this method to string you along, session after session, and to increase the power they have over you to milk you for as much as they can. Don’t fall for it!
Another telltale sign of a fraudulent psychic you might see, related to this method, is if they try to use props like eggs or white candles to “absorb” the dark energy or curse from you.
Asking Too Many Questions
Psychics that seem to ask you question after question are often just trying to get as much information about you as possible so they can then use that to make predictions that sound legitimate – and it’s another clever method they use to scam you out of your money!
You might begin to recognize this when they ask you leading questions that prompt you to reveal more about yourself than you might have planned to. That information is then used to “read” your situation and make generalized statements about it!
Offering Unsolicited Advice To Strangers
This is a bit of a giveaway. Fake psychics like to approach people who look vulnerable, to offer their services. They might breathlessly tell you that they have something incredibly important to tell you, which can’t be said in public, and hassle you to make an appointment. Don’t fall for this one. Genuine mediums may get sudden insight about a stranger, but are unlikely to approach you for fear of your possible reaction. In the unlikely event that a genuine psychic does feel the need to approach a stranger, they are unlikely to demand money and would simply tell you what they wanted to say.
Generalities Not Specifics
Skilled cold readers can get a lot of general information about you from the way you dress, the way you present yourself and your body language, and can then feed this back to you as “psychic insight”. When it comes to anything more detailed than this, however, the information you get will be vague at best.
- “You have been worried recently.” Yeah, who hasn’t?
- “You have a loved one who has passed.” Yep, again, that’s pretty much all of us, sadly.
- “I feel that you are in need of a holiday.”
You get the idea. If this is the best the psychic can do, then you’re in trouble. A genuine psychic reading will tell you specifics which your reader could not have known.
Traits That Make You Vulnerable To Fake Psychics
Here are some traits that might make you more vulnerable as a target to a fake psychic, as these are the things they look for and exploit based on what they know about statistics and their profession:
- Being a woman
- Being between the ages of 21-60
- Going through a loss in life
- Struggling with love
- Financial struggles
- Living with friends or relatives out of necessity
- Being displaced from one’s home country
- Thinking one has to be strong for others
- Those unhappy with their work or career situation
- Lonely people
- Those who feel others have the right to criticize their actions
- Those who feel unattractive
- Those who are dependent on others
- A feeling of helplessness
You might experience in speaking to a phone or online psychic that they can reveal with shocking accuracy your feelings or circumstances. This is because those who call tend to have many of the traits listed above. The best phone psychics will also listen to the tone of your voice, your accent, and even noises in the background of the call to decide what to say.
According to statistics, both the rich and the poor turn to psychics for help. The psychic’s goal is to keep you coming back and get you hooked on these readings and the “answers” they provide.
The Good News
In a world full of fake mediums using these tactics to fool us into handing over our cash, there is some good news:
There are real, reliable, legitimate, trustworthy psychics out there who are looking to help their clients – not scam them! You just need to know where to look to find such services and get the best results possible.
Look for a psychic network out there that works diligently to test their psychics and make sure that they are legitimate and know what they are talking about. This saves you from wasting your time and money by purchasing misleading information from someone who does not have your best interests at heart.
The help and insight of a psychic is a great way to make sure that you are on the right path towards your goals and ultimate happiness. If you want to try and find your way, seeking out the aid of a psychic is a great decision. However, just make sure that you can trust the person that you’re talking to – and during the reading, especially the first couple of readings, keep an eye out for all of these warning signs outlined above. If you see that your psychic is guilty of them, then make sure never to use their services again!
Alissa Monroe is a self-proclaimed “psychic junkie” with over 10 years of experience in the world of psychics, tarot, and spirituality. Her goal is to help people find happiness through spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery. You can read more about me here.