Psychic scams can come to you in different ways such as through the post, in an email, by a telephone call or even face-to-face. There are a few different themes, but all of the scammers want to trick you into giving them your money.
In general, a psychic scammer will claim to know that you are in some sort of trouble and offer a solution. This solution could be removing a curse or jinx, a lucky charm, some winning lottery numbers or advice to get out of trouble.
The scammer will tell you that they will be able to help you, in return for a fee!
Often these scammers are also linked to lottery scams and so you may receive a letter or email shortly after contact with the psychic scammer to advise you have just won a lottery that you have never heard of, and don't remember ever buying a ticket in.
Scammers may also try and talk you into buying their 'special insights' or 'secret of wealth' or other plans that they claim will bring you good fortune and money.
Some scammers also make money by charging you to claim
your lucky charm or secret of wealth, and then send you a worthless item in
return, or nothing at all.
Psychic scams prey on people’s emotional vulnerabilities and statistics advise we will all face at least 3 difficult times in our lives. Some psychics claim to have had visions about phases of your life, or have foreseen your lucky numbers.
These scammers advise that you could come into a fortune if only you send funds to a mail box for golden eggs, talismans, or fortune telling guides to personal wealth.
An alternative is that the psychic will do a reading or session.
And not surprisingly, it usually starts with a free reading, "just for you".
The material appears to be specifically written for you, but is normally bulk mailed from overseas.They will sell you your lucky numbers, talisman or “wish amplifiers”, that will bring you great personal wealth, often through playing lotteries. The talisman are usually plastic junk items such as beads or even cards.
Sara Freder (from Rambouillet Cedex France) is one of the many so called psychics however she has been exposed as a fraud on many websites and forums. Western Australia's government has declared her a fake:
"Sara Freder uses the hook of a free horoscope email to get you in, then harasses you for her paid services and she can even take money out of your bank account. Proclaiming to be the greatest clairvoyant of this time, Mrs Freder claims her horoscope will help resolve urgent romantic or financial issues, and as a further bonus she will also provide you with your lucky numbers.
In poor English, Mrs Freder’s website claims she is "the clairvoyant of celebrities, politicians and big names in sport."
Testimonials claim overnight financial windfalls, personal change and fulfillment. Disturbingly, the displayed photos don’t match the testimonials.
Once you have received your free horoscope you are then invited to pay for a weekly horoscope subscription. Be careful. The payment options are not secure and unauthorized withdrawals can occur.
Even if you don’t elect to pay, once you have given Mrs. Freder your email address, you will likely receive lots of other scam mail.
Have you received an email or letter like this that points to psychic scams?
"Open only if you wish to read a personal prediction about yourself
[your name] if you're insecure about turning a year older, don't be. Everything in your life will soon fit together, like a key in a lock of a door that's about to be opened. Beginning on February 26th, an incredible 72 Days of Good Fortune is going to wash over you like what the Japanese call a "Tsunami." (We call it a tidal wave.) You should start to feel a surge of energy soon after this date... It's five o'clock in the morning, and I'm sitting here on my bed typing away furiously, too excited to sleep... I'm sure you know the feeling. Now please listen to me carefully.
Money, romance and security are all coming back into your life in a big way. And I mean in a really big way. I'm writing as fast as I can because I don't want to leave anything out, so please excuse any spelling errors. [Everyone knows how terrible I am at spelling]."
Another twist to psychic scams is when the scammers advertise how to earn big money working from home doing readings via a pay-per-call psychic service. You will be supplied with scripts, log into a phone system and begin taking calls from your home. Most ads claim to pay between $9.00 and $11.00 per hour.
The goal is to get the callers to stay on the line as long as possible. Employers usually demand that readers get the full name and address of callers so the company can send them junk mail or sell their lists. Some scammers require when starting that you have to spend enormous amounts of money on special tarot cards, training books or personal 900 phone lines.
Most people who try this give it up quickly as most employers require that you keep callers on the line for at least 20 minutes before you get paid, however the average call is only 3-5 minutes so most calls are unpaid.
Others only pay if you get name and address, but most people want to remain anonymous.
If any of these sound familiar, be wary!
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