Astro/Psychic Scamming Danger Zone
are a few suggested “red flags” to watch for that serve
as warning signals that you may be entering the Astrologer/Psychic
Scamming Danger Zone:
Those expensive Web Ads for astro/psychic services that jubilantly
proclaim free, free, free
are a giant red flag waving from the highest hill that you might be
entering the Scamming Danger Zone.
the first place, your typical rank and file entrepreneurial Mom n
Pop astrology sites simply don't have the kind of big money it takes
to run these cost prohibitive web advertisements. Only a handful of
reputable astrology sites (normally with corporate backing) selling
mass-produced automated astrology reports can afford these adds.
bonafide astrologer working on his/her own simply doesn't have enough
hours in the day to produce enough personal readings to then in turn
pay for the ads. So take notice that the majority of these astro/psychic
ads (that are not sponsored by the huge corporate astrology sites)
you know the ads: “I’ll tell you your future for free!”
“I’ll solve all your problems for free!” “I’ll
tell you your luck for free!” "Your birthdate to tell your
future Free online prediction."
enough, you'll quite often meet up with these expensive targeted astro/psychic
web scam ads located at otherwise reputable astrology sites that are
willing to make a few extra bucks by allowing 3rd party advertisements
on their site.
in the days when I, for many years, wrote for one of the large corporate
backed astrology sites - it used to kill my soul that blatant scammer
ads were showing up on my site. Alas, at the time, it didn't kill
my soul enough to stop writing for the site.
Don't kid yourself. These 3rd party advertisers are paying big, big,
big bucks for the opportunity to tempt you
with clicking on one of their targeted advertising offers for a free
horoscope reading and/or report. Assuming you weren’t born yesterday,
common sense should tell you that there’s 99.99999987% of the
time a “catch” of some sort.
is that outright scammers know that many of us just can’t seem
to turn down the possibility of getting something for nothing. Free...
At its most benign, at that handful of well-financed reputable sites,
you know you’re about to be offered some sort of free limited
computer generated astrological report or horoscope with the purpose
of then enticing you into buying a more complete version of the report
and/or another one of their more interesting reports.
problem there. While it's irritating, this (by itself) is not a scam
(per se). We all know that reputable businesses of all shapes,
sizes, and stripes do this sort of thing. It’s called “bait
Unfortunately, with the typical astrology scammer, when you sign up
for the free email horoscopes, forecasts, or readings
offered – then in future emails you'll discover that you now
need to purchase exorbitantly priced "magical" items or
further paid personal readings in order to avoid and/or ward off a
great peril that the scammer has supposedly seen coming your way.
problem is, for folks such as us who do believe that these sorts of
things are within the realm of possibility; this is a great hook!
It irresistibly preys on all of our greatest hopes and fears.
The Odds - Not A Ghost of a Chance
It can and does happen on very, very, very rare occasions that someone
offering you a free personal reading is not a scammer with
a hidden agenda. The question is are you feeling lucky and think you
are the one person on the planet that can beat the odds?
is it more likely that you’re about to end up in the Scamming
Danger Zone and on the mailing list of a ruthless scammer that will
now be intermittently hitting you up to buy increasingly more expensive
personal readings to improve your luck or to ward off unforeseen and
you find that you just can't control yourself; then - before you send
them your invaluable email address in order to get your free personal
reading - do an Internet search of the astro/psychic's name. This
is not foolproof... but if you do find sites devoted to warning other
folks about that individual's business practices, then at least you've
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It's Spam, It's Scam
The sad, but true news is that some of the highest profile, otherwise
reputable, astrology sites are more than willing to sell your valuable
email address to 3rd party businesses that maintain, market, and resell
targeted email lists.
scammers then line up in droves to buy these targeted (sucker) customer
before you blissfully sign up for that innocuous free daily horoscope
or free reading at a reputable site, be sure to first check out that
selling your name and email address to 3rd parties. (For example,
you actually start receiving unsolicited emails from astro/psychics
with whom you have not previously done business, then - the moment
you begin reading those emails - you're entering the Astro/Psychic
Scamming Danger Zone.
Often the astro/psychic explains in the spam that he/she was glancing
“at a list” when your name practically flew off the sheet
and now he/she has something very important to share with you. Ask
yourself: "What list? How in heck did she get access to my name
and my email address on a list?"
fact is that no reputable astrologer and/or psychic
has seen your name on a list and then - out of the goodness of their
heart - decided to do a free personal reading just for you. It
doesn’t happen. Let me repeat that... it doesn't
Remain calm at this point. Stand up... and now, ever so slowly, walk
away from the computer screen.
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Just the fact that you and I are 50+ years old places us squarely
in the Astro/Psychic Scamming Danger Zone.
Yep! Based solely on our age, unsolicited marketers of all varieties
are now zeroing in on us with “special offers.”
this… folks in the US who are 65+ years old, and account for
only about 12% of the US population, but are the victims of 33% or
more of the blatant, outright fraudulent scams perpetrated each year.
you’ve ever signed up for virtually anything at virtually anywhere
and in some manner shared the information that you’re 50+ years
old, then you now need to keep on your toes. You’re being targeted.
the older you get, the more you’re being targeted. It’s
a crying shame, ain’t it? back to Danger Scamming
Magical Good Luck Items
Most folks tend to be a wee bit superstitious, and so a great many
of us actually carry around at least one item that amounts to being
a good luck charm. Regardless, I tend to be highly doubtful when it
comes to many of the offers I see hawking good luck charms and the
I don't know about you, but my best good luck charms have been items
that weren't originally good luck charms - a lucky hat, a lucky shirt,
a lucky medallion, a lucky stone, etc. Still... I have no real problem
with the selling of inexpensive good luck charms.
the selling of magical good luck items really gets down and nasty
- entering the realm of being a full scale scam - when coupled with
predictions of dire circumstances that are coming your way.
astrologer/psychic suggests that you need to buy a particular magical
item in order to ward off an evil that they’ve seen coming your
item always tends to be semi-expensive, but not expensive enough to
keep you from buying it as an insurance policy. If they manage to
snag you once with the semi-expensive item… then they’ll
(sooner or later) attempt to snag you once again with an even more
expensive item to now ward off an even more dire and noxious evil
that’s coming your way.
Images and Talisman
The fact is that there are certain older traditions within astrology
that do support various techniques of making astrologically based
images and/or talisman for purposes of good fortune, greater strength,
health, love, etc.. The astrological rules for creating these images
are however quite complex, specific, and detailed.
I am personally aware of only one reputable individual on the Web
that is offering this sort of service based on traditional Renaissance
concepts. I’d guess that there might be only a handful of other
folks in the world that are even capable of offering this as a reputable
particular person offers a remarkable amount of information on his
site about the historical Renaissance practice of constructing an
astrologically based talisman. This particular individual doesn't
have a practice of hitting you up to buy more and more increasingly
expensive astrological images in order to ward off unforeseen and
looming evils about to come your way.
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How do you protect yourself from potential astro/psychic scams?
for these red flags and beware:
a little common sense, and you'll likely be okay. And please remember
that opportunity knocks; but temptation knocks the door down!