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10 Common Online Psychic Scams And How To Avoid Them

 

The Internet is a fantastic place to connect with like-minded people, explore areas of interest, and make purchases. It also offers an easily accessible lifeline, in the form of online psychic services, to those in need of extra guidance. For many, a reading with an online psychic provides a comfortable level of anonymity that allows them to open up and discuss the troubles that they are facing in more detail.

Sadly the anonymity of the Internet also provides a suitable ‘hiding place’ for unscrupulous people. There are thousands of online psychics working from large, well-established companies, to small independent websites. It is difficult to navigate through so many options, but being aware of online scams will help to steer you in the direction of high quality professional psychic advisors. These are advisors who want to work with you in a compassionate, honest and non-judgmental way.

1) If a so-called psychic claims that they can sense curses, evil spirits or negative energy around you, run the other way! This is a shameful con that preys on fear. The ‘cure’ involves regular payments, posting items of value or sharing personal details, which can be later used to steal even more money. In some cases individuals have even been told they need to provide explicit photos of themselves to assist in cleansing their energy. Yes, life can be hard and at times it may feel as though things will never get better, but evil curses do not exist. If you are going through a tough time psychic advisors can help, but they would never talk of such things and certainly would never ask you to send money, items or post photos. A true psychic will work with you in love and compassion, helping to empower you so that you can overcome your difficulties.

2) Avoid any website that sells charms, potions, talismans and spells. This is another example of how these charlatans prey on fear and anxiety. Not only are these websites disempowering, but by creating the illusion that you have no control over your own destiny, they can also repeatedly work against the ‘light workers’ code. This code clearly states that it is morally and ethically corrupt to interfere with another person’s ‘free will’. Buying a spell to make an ex lover come back is wrong. These services are not helpful nor do they work. All they do is encourage unhealthy and unrealistic expectations, while lining someone else’s pockets.

3) Don’t be swayed by psychics who claim that they can ’bring him back’ or ‘help you win money’. No matter how tempting it is to believe that they have the power to make everything ok, it simply isn’t the case. No one can solve your problems for you. The only person who can bring positive change to your life is you.

4) A good psychic advisor will not shy away from telling you if life’s road is about to get bumpy, but this is completely different from saying a terrible tragedy is just around the corner. It is all too easy to make ridiculous claims about being able to foresee death, illness and ghastly accidents. Unreliable psychics will attempt to guide you through these tricky times, roping you into a series of lengthy, nonsense calls.

5) While many reputable psychics also have successful careers in Complementary Therapy, they are not medically qualified. As such they are not able to diagnose, prescribe or cure. Stay away from any psychic or website touting health cures.

6) A scam that is easy to fall victim to is the ‘Free Personalized Reading.’ In exchange for this ‘free’ reading you must enter personal details, including your credit card information. Don’t be surprised when your card is charged after the reading. Protect your personal details at all times. Whether the reading is free or not, always read the Terms and Conditions of any website that you visit. Use only those that are payment secure, and never give out your details over the phone.

7) If you receive unsolicited emails, texts or contact information through social media websites, you should delete them, even if the sender purports to know a great deal about you. This is usually information that can be easily found online or it’s so generalized that it seems specific but isn’t.

8) Fraudulent psychics can take advantage of you by providing partial readings, and telling you to call back later for more information. This is a crafty way of roping you in and leaving you hanging. Often they will stop at a point that feels crucial, such as a big money win, accident or special message from a departed loved one. This forces you into making continuous calls on their high priced lines. A psychic that gives partial readings is only interested in your money.

9) Email and SMS/Text readings are often a less expensive option for those watching their pennies. However it’s important to know exactly what you are getting. Shady companies are more than happy sending out cut and paste jobs or generalized automatic responses. These readings are useless and a complete waste of time and money. Before purchasing anything check the website for examples of readings that you will receive.

10) Psychic advisors who engage in any type of ego-based power play should be avoided at all costs. This can include things such as saying; you’re not ready for the information they are receiving, you must leave your partner, or you need to invest your money. Their role is to help guide and support you, not pressure you into doing things that you feel uncomfortable with. Always remember that the partnership between psychic advisor and client is one of equals.

10 Tips to Picking a Psychic Advisor

 

Finding the right psychic can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Thousands of online psychic advisors are literally just a mouse click away so it’s no surprise that searching for someone you not only trust, but also have a connection with, can feel overwhelming.

Although you may want a reading right away, have patience. It is worth taking time to do some basic research. You wouldn’t allow someone to renovate your home without checking their credentials first, so why would you trust just anyone to offer you support and guidance during times of heartache and confusion? Keeping these simple tips in mind will help you to discover which psychic advisor is right for you.

Whether you are searching for your soul mate or looking for advice on an upcoming job interview, be clear on the questions that you want answered. Most psychic companies now offer extensive profiles for each advisor, giving you the chance to explore their varied areas of expertise. There is a minimal benefit in seeking career advice from someone whose speciality is finding lost pets. Of course there is nothing wrong with having a general reading, but it is still important to find someone who covers subjects that are relevant to your needs.

Some psychics use tools such as the Tarot, Angel Oracle Cards or Runes to enhance their readings. Others simply tune into your voice and energy using their gifts in Clairaudience or Clairsentience, while Astrologers use your birth chart to offer detailed timings of specific events. Is there a method of reading that you feel drawn to? Remember each approach is specific to that particular reader and no one way is better than the other. It all comes down to your personal preference.

Creating a connection between the caller and psychic advisor is paramount to a successful reading. Almost every psychic website has photos of their psychics on display but some have even gone as far as to include audio and video clips. As you look through the profiles ask yourself if the reader and their specific psychic method resonate with you. Trust your gut. If you don’t get a good feeling, you won’t benefit from the reading. Be happy and comfortable with your choice.

Even within the same company, psychic advisors can charge vastly different amounts for their services. Consider your budget. More expensive does not necessarily mean better. Carefully work out what you want to pay for your reading and stick with it. If you choose someone that is slightly more expensive opt for a shorter reading.

Be realistic. Avoid anyone who promises 100% accuracy or promises to solve all your problems. If you are unhappy in your current job a psychic advisor isn’t going to be able to conjure up exciting career opportunities for you. They are there to talk with you about your strengths, weaknesses, or the best time to take action. Only you have the power to make positive changes in your life.

Have you ever heard the saying: “Jack of all trades, master of none”? Be wary of anyone claiming to be proficient in a wide range of topics. This doesn’t mean your advisor can’t have a wide range of interests but professional psychics tend to be highly skilled in one specific area.

A great way to get additional information about a psychic is to look at customer feedback. Are people happy with the service they received? Bear in mind that some companies have been known to remove unflattering reviews or pad out profiles with fake positive feedback. Read everything and ask yourself whether comments seem over the top or too good to be true. A good professional psychic advisor will have no problems building a positive and honest reputation.

Many websites now offer promotions where the first few minutes of a call are free. Use this time wisely to conduct a simple interview with the psychic advisor of your choice. Ask one very focused question to gauge their ability to tune in and give you a meaningful response.

It doesn’t matter if you choose a large, well-established psychic company or an independent advisor with their own website. Explore the website fully. Is the payment secure? Do they offer a money back guarantee? Do they have a customer care line? Call and make sure it is being answered. Use this as an opportunity to ask general questions about the services provided. This is also a great way to get a ‘feel’ for the company and how they ‘view’ their clients. Are you treated as a valued customer or are you an inconvenience. If you are made to feel uncomfortable don’t do business with that company or their readers.

Keep an open mind. Don’t close yourself off or refuse to answer a reasonable number of questions. Remember, you and your psychic advisor are a team, working together to find the best way to fight through life’s challenges

Your Weekly Career Forecast for July 16-22, 2012

 

What Lies Ahead for Your Career This Week?

No sun sign will have a dull moment at work this week. Those who can adapt to change and are patient with making revisions to plans that seemed to already be completed will be the winners are work this week. If you’re waiting for a raise or a new job offer, don’t be discouraged by delays in your answer. Those who can make the offer are also experiencing big changes and challenges that they must address first. Don’t lose heart.

Aries

The week of July 16 will be busy both at work and at home. While it may appear that everyone around you has “lost it,” your clear and powerful words can very well save the day. Let the emotional nonsense of Tuesday, July 17 roll by. By Wednesday, July 18, those causing problems will have a reality check. You’ll be back in charge by Friday.

Taurus

By midweek you will find yourself being the voice of reason at the office. The people around you are on edge about all the changes in their own lives, at the office and in the world in general. After being the steady one for everyone else, relax on Friday. It’s your turn to finally deal with your own feelings.

Gemini

While events at work are creating a great deal of confusion for everyone, you have a lot to gain from this obscure situation if you use your skills of charming talk and an inspired view of the future. By the end of the week you will be heard and appreciated after fixing several problems for others.

Cancer

After some interesting events at work on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday, July 18 is your day to bring heart and respect back to the work environment. Yes, your coworkers are a bit “crazy” these days. Your sensitive nature sees through it all and empathizes with each side.

Leo

While you are used to being the leader (reluctant or otherwise) at work, be prepared to also be the spokesperson this week, particularly on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20. True friends who share your ideals will be excellent support as you speak for everyone in the work environment.

Virgo

There is more of a focus on finances this week in your work environment. Virgos always win when it comes to these details as you are the master of the fine points that bring clarity and profits. Trusted friends at work will be helpful later in the week.

Libra

You continue to flourish in your leadership role, surprising yourself as much as anyone. You love to cooperate and collaborate, yet this is a period when your ability to see both sides of any issue is crucial to success in the workplace. You must speak up, particularly on Monday, July 16 and Friday, July 20.

Scorpio

While communicating your ideas will be your challenge the week of July 15, it will also serve you very well. You would certainly prefer to focus on your amazingly successful creative efforts this week, but it is a good idea to keep others “in the loop.” Tuesday, July 16 is the best day to share your plans with others.

Sagittarius

Monday, July 16 is the perfect day to build your case on the great ideas and projects you have created. On Friday, July 20th, let others know the great flow of progress you are having. Expect some delays, but others are hearing what you have to say.

Capricorn

You are a bit tired of cleaning up the messes created from the irresponsible work of others. Just pause a moment and think about all the benefits coming your way and you won’t feel so aggravated. Those in power aren’t blind to “who’s doing what” and may thank you by midweek.

Aquarius

It’s really important to listen to others at the beginning of the week of July 16. What they have to say needs to be integrated into your amazing plans. About those annoying “money people”—sit tight and don’t challenge them yet. They have information that hasn’t been made available to you.

Pisces

You absolutely have the inspiration that others need to hear this week, yet you have to wait until they are ready to listen. Others will be more ready to emotionally respond to what you have to say on Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17. Let the “grand standers” talk at the end of the week. The truth will come out.