How to Identify a Psychic Scam

May 17


Carolyn Molnar

Carolyn Molnar

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Psychic scams are more common than you might think, and they can be emotionally and financially devastating. This article delves into the telltale signs of a psychic swindle, backed by real-life examples and statistics. Learn how to protect yourself from fraudulent psychics who prey on vulnerable individuals.


The Heartbreaking Call

I received a distressing call from a young woman who had been consulting a psychic for several years. She suspected her boyfriend of cheating and sought the psychic's help. The psychic demanded $300 to cast a spell to bring her boyfriend back. When the spell failed,How to Identify a Psychic Scam Articles the psychic asked for an additional $600. Troubled by this, the woman reached out to me for advice.

The Red Flags

I strongly advised her against giving any more money to the charlatan. Any psychic who demands more money than the session fee is likely a scammer. "We all have free will," I explained. "If your boyfriend chooses a different path, no spell can force him to act against his will."

Real-Life Examples of Psychic Scams

Amber's Curse

Amber believed she was cursed and sought help from a psychic who charged her $1,500 to remove it. Despite multiple visits, Amber still felt plagued by bad luck. I told her, "There's no such thing as a curse. Your belief in the curse is what's causing your distress. Take back your power by rejecting negative thoughts."

The Candle Scam

Another client was told by a psychic that he needed to buy three "special" candles at $62 each to lift a curse. If the curse didn't go away, he would need more candles. This is a classic example of a scam designed to extract as much money as possible from the victim.

Madame X

A woman asked me about Madame X, a psychic she found online. Madame X claimed the woman needed five sessions in one week to resolve her issues. This is another red flag. Psychics are not psychiatrists and cannot solve deep-seated emotional problems.

How to Spot a Psychic Scam

Here are some signs that you're dealing with a fraudulent psychic:

  • Claims of Curses: The psychic says you're cursed and only they can remove it.
  • Exorbitant Fees: The psychic charges an unreasonable amount for a session.
  • Multiple Sessions: The psychic insists you need numerous sessions to resolve your issues.
  • Mystical Trinkets: The psychic tells you to buy expensive items like candles or crystals.
  • Disempowerment: The psychic claims you have no power and must rely on them.

Interesting Statistics

  • According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Americans lose over $40 million annually to psychic scams (source).
  • A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 41% of Americans believe in psychics (source).
  • The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports that psychic scams are among the top ten most common types of fraud (source).


Psychic scams can be emotionally and financially draining. Always be cautious and look for the red flags mentioned above. Remember, no one has the power to control your fate but you. If you suspect you're being scammed, seek advice from trusted friends or professionals.

Additional Resources

By staying informed and vigilant, you can protect yourself from falling victim to psychic scams.