The Internet is a wonderful source of information but with the sheer variety of services also comes the risk of potential scam artists and fakes. Being a reader myself, I know how difficult it can be to distinguish oneself from the crowd. But, it’s a fact that for every genuine reader out there, there’s at least one more trying to pass as the real deal in order to make a quick buck from unsuspecting victims. Over the years I have heard from hundreds of people who got taken in by the tactics these fraudsters use.
But, today I am going to empower you and show you exactly what you need to be aware of when getting your next psychic or tarot reading. Below I’ll walk you through some of the red flags you should look for and what you can do to assure you’re dealing with someone genuine.
Red Flag 1: Paying more Money for Curse Removal, Energy Clearing or the Banishing of Evil Spirits.
When getting a reading, you should be told what the price is and exactly what you will receive – no nasty surprises. Someone who fakes being a Tarot reader, psychic, or medium will often start the reading only to make dire predictions or shocking statements later on.
They will then tell the client that they have a curse on them, negative energy, or some sort of spell that needs to be removed. First they need your attention, and the idea of a reading achieves that. Once you’re listening, they move in working on their true agenda. Really cheap readings are often used as a ploy to get their prospective victims interested.
Usually curses, negative energy, evil spirits, etc, will be blamed for the bad experiences you have gone through or for the statement the reader just made. For example, a reader who wants to manipulate a client may say “You are never going to have a lasting relationship if you don’t let me take this curse away/banish the evil spirits/clear the negative energy.”
The reader will make these intensely negative statements for a reason: He/she intends to scare you so you’ll panic and then grasp for the salvation or solution the reader is offering, even if it comes with a hefty price tag. The sad truth is that energetic problems do exist, but any reputable reader will let you know gently and then offer you advice on how to do it yourself.
With that said, energy and intent are very potent and very real things, but scammers and fakes will use this as an easy way to milk a potential victim for more cash. If you ever have energy work done, it should be done because you chose it (and chose the practitioner) or because you felt that it would benefit you, not because someone scared you into thinking you had to have it.
Crystals, sage, and simple spiritual practices such as grounding and shielding can be very useful in clearing negative energy and offering protection, so you should not have to pay exorbitant amounts to have someone do energy work. The key is to be aware, and if your reader scares you first, only to position themselves or their services as the solution, chances are they are trying to rip you off.
In the same vein, some fake readers will demand gifts from their clients with the excuse that the exchange of energy will help them read them better next time. I have heard of one reader requesting a set of diamond earrings from a client to help improve their ‘connection’. Diamonds may be forever, but you should never be forced to give your reader expensive gifts to help them read you.
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Red Flag 2: ‘Free’ Readings that Aren’t Readings at All
There are web sites pretending to offer a free report or reading to new visitors as a ploy to extort money from them using the curse removal/spirit banishing/bad luck removal tactics mentioned above.
These sites are geared towards one thing, marketing and money making. The image and name of the reader they use is almost always fake and they will ask for your information such as first name, last name, date of birth, and your email address. Once you’ve filled out the form, you’ll receive the emailed ‘reading’ instantly, or worse, you’ll be sent to an existing webpage to read ‘your’ report or reading. The text on these pages is prewritten, and it’s sole purpose is to lead you to the ‘buy now’ button.
The information is completely generic and may speak of impending danger or future events, and then that the reader has to do very time intensive rituals to prevent this dangerous event from happening.
The main aim of these ‘free readings’ is to either scare you into believing that some inevitable event ahead is going to destroy your life, unless you pay them to change it for you with their mystical rituals, or that you have a curse or psychic ‘scar’ that has to be healed. All this brings us back to the idea of curse removal or to get a foot in the door so they can scare someone senseless. Sound familiar? The way they get their foot in the door is slightly different, but the ultimate goal is exactly the same.
I once had someone book an appointment with me and when she got on the phone she was absolutely frantic. She was told in one of these ‘free reports’ that she has a terrible curse on her and she didn’t have the money to pay this other site to remove it for her. I was able to tell her exactly what was behind her ‘reading’ and that she had fallen victim to a company that makes them money scaring people half to death so they can get hold of their money.
Luckily she had come to me instead of paying that particular site the astronomical amount of money they asked for. I was able to help her deal with the actual problems she had at the time, she realized that her difficulties had nothing to do with curses, and that she didn’t need that $500 ‘ritual’ after all.
If you’re ever tempted to obtain a free reading, keep an open mind and as soon as there’s a mention of negative energy, psychic scars, evil spirits, or future events that need to be averted or cleansed through spell work, run for the hills.
If you are going to try and get a cheap or free reading, be sure to use a professional reader and to enter a competition or a giveaway via a reputable site. Many professional readers give away readings, or offer specials, as a way to get more exposure for their services and build their email lists. This is the safest way to go if you’re looking for a genuine reading free of charge or at a reduced rate.
Red Flag 3: Disempowerment and Dire Predictions
A genuine reader will always take the time to guide, assist and reassure the client. Fakes will often go for the most dire prediction possible and interpret the cards in a very literal way. For example, the chariot and death cards in combination may cause a fake to predict a car crash and to tell the client that he or she is going to die or suffer terrible injury. A reputable and ethical reader never predicts death, or tells someone they or someone they love are going to die or suffer grave injury, nor do they disempower their clients.
People who pretend to read the Tarot or pretend to be psychic can also be particularly insensitive and sometimes downright nasty in their delivery of a ‘reading’. Professional and ethical Tarot readers (or all light workers for that matter) have a good bedside manner, and are always sensitive in how they deliver truth. The idea is to be as truthful as possible while being as gentle, considerate, and non judgmental as possible.
You should always leave a reading feeling empowered, if not, you may have been manipulated energetically. If your reader delivers bad news, consider how he or she does it, and if they do not offer advice on how to handle it, ask them if there’s anything you could do differently. It is the reader’s duty to guide you and help you navigate your way through the potential you’re working with.If you feel a reading leaving hopeless or disempowered…chances are your reader had a bad bedside manner and/or was manipulating you in one way or another.
Red Flag 4: Claiming 100% Accuracy
While a true reader can be incredibly accurate, scam artists use a 100% accuracy claim, often paired with a money-back guarantee to lure in new victims. They state that their predictions always come true and may even say that they can make things happen. This is just one of the many red flags that could tell a prospective client they are dealing with someone unethical.
A real reader cannot claim to make things happen, force a lover to return, reunite you with someone, or make 100% accuracy claims. Doing so would leave them open to law suits or legal action. A scam artist would not care about the consequences of their actions because they just move on and set up shop somewhere else, or start working under another false name. Therefore they have absolutely no reputation to maintain and/or proctect.
As for outcomes, those are not written in stone and a reputable reader will always advise the client accordingly. Free will is an amazing thing and allows us to shape our paths as and when needed, the trick is being aware of the current influences and energies so we can act accordingly. Bypass the pitfalls by visiting my question submission page to send in a question or join my newsletter to get $10 off your first email reading.
Red Flag 5: Fishing for Information
When a reader fishes for information it can be a sign that something is really off. Most readers, psychic or otherwise, ask for a name and a question, at most. A scam artist could use questions as a way to pull information out of the client, to then repeat back to them. It’s a crafty way to gain information and to pretend to give information without really giving anything of value.
A single question when starting the reading should be enough to get started on that particular area of life. If you have more than one concern or want to focus on more than one person, it’s okay to ask a question about that too, but your reader shouldn’t let you lead them by asking you question after question. When using this technique, a reader may also change their answers drastically if they find that you’re disagreeing with something they said.
Bear in mind, a genuine reader may ask for clarification as he or she reads but will always justify why the question is being asked. For example, a fake will ask multiple questions with no justification, whereas a real reader could say something like “Is there a Father figure you’re currently having issues with? Because, I’m sensing or seeing so and so and this usually represents this or that and it looks like this or that is happening currently.” So this is one way to know that your reader actually sees or senses something that they are just trying to understand.
So when getting a reading done, it’s worth while to do a little research beforehand, and if not, be very aware of potential mind games or manipulation tactics that could be used to part you from your hard earned cash.