Should I Trust a Psychic Reading?

how to avoid psychic scams

How do I know if a psychic can be trusted? Are all real psychics honest? If not….why not, and what should I avoid?

Another interesting article on some of the very many psychic con artists out there in the world, including unfortunately, some of the folks mentioned in the article below! (it appears, by dint of some of the feedback we’ve gotten, as well as some of what the article itself seems to suggest 🙂

There are many psychic mediums in the world who want to help. This is 100% true. It doesn’t mean they are all gifted, or genuinely communicating with anything more than their own inner voice, or intuition, or sense of spirituality, when they offer up advice about THIS world, or the next. But there are also many people who claim to be psychic mediums, who are simply grifters, and are taking advantage of your vulnerability, which ought to be a crime.

Read some of the thoughts below for how to avoid dishonest psychic mediums, and what to look for in a psychic scam as well.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of con artists out there,” said Shay Parker, founder of Best American Psychics, an online directory of seers who reportedly undergo testing and criminal background checks. “It’s actually quite disturbing.”

She said bogus psychics specialize in teasing information out of clients and then telling them what they want to hear, typically in the realms of love or money.

“A good psychic will tell you to shut up,” Parker said. “If they start asking you a ton of questions, run.”

She said a true psychic also will offer highly specific information without any prompting — the name of a deceased family member, say, or a detailed physical description.

“You might be asked if the name Phillip means anything to you,” Parker said. “But you shouldn’t provide a lot of information. It’s their job to know what Phillip died of or what he looked like.”

I related Senfe’s experience. Parker said she’s heard similar stories all too often.

“If a psychic ever says you’re cursed or have a negative entity attached to you, it’s a con,” she said. “If anyone offers to cast a spell, it’s a con. No psychic can make someone do something.”

There also seems to be a you-get-what-you-pay-for aspect to this business. A storefront psychic might charge as little as $25 for a reading. A higher-profile practitioner’s time can run in the hundreds of dollars — if you can book an appointment.

I called the cellphone of Michelle Beltran, who was named 2017 Psychic of the Year by Best American Psychics.

“How did you get this number?” she asked suspiciously.

“Would you believe me if I said I’m psychic?”

“How did you get it?” she repeated.

I admitted I had a researcher at the newspaper scour some of our databases. Beltran, who charges up to $405 for a 45-minute session, said she was too busy to chat.

I had more luck with Jusstine Kenzer, who held the top ranking in a Yelp search of best psychics in Los Angeles. She charges $375 a session.

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