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Psychic & clairvoyant scams

What is a psychic or clairvoyant scam?

Psychic and clairvoyant scammers approach you by post, email, telephone or even face-to-face to foreshadow a  positive upcoming event or claiming that you are in some sort of trouble and offering a solution. This ‘solution’ could be winning lottery numbers, a lucky charm, the removal of a ‘curse’ or ‘jinx’, or ongoing ‘protection’. The scammer will tell you that they will help you in return for a fee/s. If you refuse to pay, some scammers will threaten to invoke a curse or bad luck charm on you.

There are a number of variations of psychic and clairvoyant scams, but all of them aim to trick you into giving them your money.

Scammers may try and talk you into buying a lucky charm or secret of wealth, and once you have paid, will send you a worthless item or nothing at all in return. Alternatively, the scammer may warn you of a false future event and then promise to protect you from that event in return for ongoing payments.

These kinds of scams can also lead to your name and contact details being put onto a ‘victim list’ which will result in you receiving further scam approaches, for example lottery scams or inheritance scams

Remember, the psychic or clairvoyant may try to convince you that their insights are genuine by telling you something about yourself. Ask yourself whether what they are telling you is general and could be true about anyone. They may also tell you something about yourself that you mentioned previously or that they gathered from another source, such as personal details you posted on a social networking website.

Warning signs

  • You receive an email or letter out of the blue from somebody claiming to be a psychic or clairvoyant. 
  • This person claims to have some sort of special insight into your life. 
  • The person claims you have been cursed or jinxed (they may offer to remove this curse or jinx themselves or give you the name of someone else who can do so). 
  • You may be offered a good luck charm, the secret to enormous wealth, magic potions or winning lottery numbers. 
  • You might be asked to pay a fee to collect your charm, potion or lottery numbers.

Protect yourself from psychic & clairvoyant scams

If you are approached out of the blue by a psychic or clairvoyant and they tell you that you are in danger, have bad luck or are cursed, be cautious -  their offer may be a scam.

  • Never send any money, credit card or other personal details to these scammers. Responding for any reason only indicates you're interested and you could end up with many more potential scam letters and emails in the future. 
  • Remember if you are offered lottery numbers that there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers. 
  • NEVER send money, or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust and never by email. 
  • Do not open or reply to suspicious or unsolicited emails (spam) even to unsubscribe: delete them. 
  • Do not click on any links in a spam email, or open any files attached to them. 
  • Never call a telephone number that you see in a scam email. 
  • If you want to engage the services of a psychic or clairvoyant, ensure you know the total cost of anything you order and exactly what you will receive. Ask if there are any conditions or ongoing costs.

As well as following these specific tips, find out how to protect yourself from all sorts of other scams.

Report scams

If you have been approached or sent money to a psychic or clairvoyant that you think is a scammer you should report it through the SCAMwatch website. You should also consider warning your friends and family about the scammer.

More information

Check out our Grooming scams page for more information on the tactics psychic and clairvoyant scammers will use to try and convince you to buy into their scam.

What to do if you've been scammed; Scams & the law; Report a scam.

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