Some people find that a session with a phone psychic helps them clarify important issues in their lives. At the same time, you have to be careful about such consultations. Once someone has your credit card number, it’s easy for them to pull a variety of scams. Let’s look at some of the most common scams employed by phone psychics. Some of these tactics also apply to psychics who do online consultations by IM, Skype or email.
This is not necessarily a scam, but it’s something you must understand before consulting with a phone psychic. If you aren’t familiar with how this works, you could end up spending a lot more money than you intended. Psychics often offer clients a free question or short reading. They may do this for an astrology, tarot or other type of reading.
What you have to keep in mind is that you’re paying by the minute for these calls. So if the psychic gives you a free five minute reading, you will be charged for everything after that. It’s obviously in the interests of the reader to keep the conversation going for as long as possible.
This doesn’t mean that all psychic readers try to keep you on the phone longer than necessary. It is, however, a common ploy. One of the easiest ways for them to do this is to start you off with a free reading, hook you in and keep you on the line. For example, some readers will tell you that they see some great opportunity ahead for you. To find out exactly what this is, of course, you must stay on the line.
Removing a Curse
This is one of the oldest psychic scams in the world and predates the internet by many centuries. Storefront psychics, carnival fortune tellers and Gypsies traveling in caravans have long been telling victims that they are suffering from a terrible curse. This could be worded in a variety of ways. It may be simply bad luck, a negative spirit possessing them, a hex or Voodoo spell or something else. In some cases, the reader may tell you that the curse is associated with a certain object or place.
Naturally, the only way for the curse to be removed is to pay the psychic to do so. You might have to buy a certain pendant or charm. Or the psychic might have to cast an elaborate spell to change your luck. Even if you believe in such things, you should be highly skeptical of anyone who tries to get money from you in this manner. Psychics have scammed people out of huge sums of money using this ploy.
Putting a Spell on Someone
Another common psychic scam is to offer to put a spell on someone for you. The most common variety is a love spell. People who are enamored with someone or suffering from unrequited love are often easy targets for this scam. The psychic might also offer to compel someone to promote you or cause harm to a rival or enemy.
Apart from the obvious ethical problems with putting a spell on someone, it most likely won’t even work. Even if it does, you may not be happy with the results. If you compel an unwilling person to love you, it’s not likely to turn out well in the long run. The victim will surely resent you and the relationship will probably not last. If you believe in karma, you should certainly avoid such tactics.
How to Avoid Psychic Phone Scams
If you want to avoid getting scammed by a phone psychic, you have to keep several things in mind. First of all, set a definite time limit for the call. Since you are being billed by the minute, you should be wary of any attempts to keep you on for a long time.
You should avoid any attempts to get you to buy further costly services, such as protection or spells of any kind. An ethical psychic will respect everyone’s free will, including yours. He or she won’t try to manipulate others on your behalf. Nor will an honest psychic reader resort to scaring you with supposed spells that are afflicting you.