How to Avoid Getting Scammed by Fake Psychics

Find out all the red flags to watch out for.

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The Red Flags of Psychic Scams (2:49)

These days there are tons of fake psychics preying on innocent people's hopes, dreams, and insecurities. With this phenomenon running rampant, now is the time to put a stop to the scams so that you and your loved ones can avoid being duped. With the help of former New York police officer and psychic crime detective Bob Nygaard and world-renowned medium Kim Russo, you can learn about the red flags to look out for. Here are the signs that you might be getting conned: 

They Offer to Cast a Spell 

There are many fake psychics who are notorious for tricking people into believing they have a dark spirit part of them or that someone put a hex on them. Most often they are part of a ring of psychics who answer to one main person in the group. They will often lie to you and say that your life will be cursed unless you give them money, jewelry, property, or other possessions to lift the curse. In some cases, they may even take your money and valuables in exchange for casting a spell on your enemies. 

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They Have a Lack of References 

Russo says you should always check for credentials before you make an appointment with a psychic. A reputable psychic will have a website with useful information filled out about the person's background, contact information, and services. You should always do your research, trust your intuition, and reach out to friends and family members for recommendations. 

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They Push You to Purchase Items

If you are visiting a psychic and they start trying to persuade you to purchase candles, crystals, or other items from them in the name of warding off curses and bad luck, run far away. A genuine psychic will not feel the need to sell you on these objects and you will not feel like you are being pushed around. 

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