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Know Which Online Psychics Are Fakes & Ripoffs, Like Padre, Maria Medium, and The Extraordinary Chris

Sylvia Sky, astrologer, Tarot reader, and gemstone enthusiast, is a widely published author of books and articles about spiritual matters.

Is Sara Freder a real psychic or fake?

Is Sara Freder a real psychic or fake?

26 Fake Psychics

Many online psychic ads offer free but bogus horoscopes or tarot readings which send the same message to everyone who asks. Usually these are very long messages trying to sell you high-priced "clairvoyant" or "psychic" services, or a "second reading." So far I've found misleading these online entities (click the links to read my investigations):

    1. Norah (out of business due to thousands of online complaints)
    2. Jenna (out of business due to thousands of online complaints)
    3. Gabriella (the first fake psychic our reviews drummed out of business!)
    4. Tara
    5. Zoradamus (also calling herself "N. Zora") (That website won't open anymore.)
    6. Sylvia Browne (the late TV psychic and founder of and
    7. "Pasqualina" went out of business. We hope you didn't have a contract for her psychic readings.
    8. George Tupak (As of January 2017, he's "on shamanic retreat," meaning "out of business.")
    9. Sara Freder (run by the same company as "Pasqualina")
    10. Diana-Numerologist
    11. Julia-Clairvoyance
    12. "Eric McCallum" and
    13. "Aiden Powers" and
    14. "Katherine" and ("Katherine" became "Adrian Ross Duncan," a real astrologer paid to allow the site to use his name.)
    15. "Barbara" and
    16. "Arabella," Spell-caster, U.K.
    17. The Extraordinary Chris
    18. Valentina Tarot
    19. Maria Medium
    20. Padre
    21. Adriana
    22. Victoria
    23. Angela (run by the same company as "Padre")
    24. Claire
    25. Celeste
    26. Diana Rose

Click on the names with links to find my full investigations of their services. When I looked for proof of their claims, such as being "a fourth-generation clairvoyant" or "winning a Psychic of the Year Award," finding no proofs I checked for Internet complaints. So should you. If you find many bitter complaints, all the evidence, starting with the fake horoscope, points to fakery overall.

"Tara" told me I'd won a lottery, and that she could prove it -- amazing, considering I didn't even play!

"Eric McCallum" predicts for everyone a "rare" and lucky "Temporal Pinnacle" when there is no such thing.

Almost always, "psychics" who use a first name only are fake. Using a first name only thwarts research and investigation.

"Tara Medium" is a Model

Alternate photo of the same model who is used to represent "Tara Medium."

Alternate photo of the same model who is used to represent "Tara Medium."

They Aren't Real and Neither are Their Readings

Ways to tell fake psychics by their photos: Psychic frauds know that you are suspicious, so there's been a trend to use plain middle-aged models in normal clothing, but don't be fooled. Google them all. Laugh at the ones wearing turbans, robes, glitter, or Goth, if they have perfect hair and skin, if their photos are oversized (sure sign of a fake!), or if they have unusually vivid eye color ("Zoradamus" had irises of an unnatural blue).

The names and faces of these "psychics" are fronts for businesses that rake in millions by misleading people. They do not give customized, individualized psychic readings. Their products are "canned," or in the case of Sylvia Browne, mere guesses, almost always cruelly wrong. This is tragic for desperate people who want online psychics to tell them winning lottery numbers or explain a child's death.

Even if you are troubled or frantic, stop and think. Do you really believe "Zoradamus" is her real name, that she is a prophet who descends from a 16th-century soothsayer, has helped scores of people win big lottery and casino money, that she secretly advises top world businessmen, cures illness by phone and speaks seven languages? If somebody sat next to you on a plane or bus and told you all that, you would think they were insane. Why would you believe it when you read it online?

About Real Psychics

Real psychics are extremely rare, maybe one in ten million, and not all of them want to go into business. Real psychics do not have to advertise, nor do they have hotlines. They build a regular local or regional clientele through word of mouth. Maybe they could go online and invite the whole Internet to get a free reading from them 24/7/365, but that would be a terrible overload for one person, don't you think?

You will never find a real psychic by phone or online. What they say to you will be either very generalized or made up as they ask you questions and you answer. To find a real psychic, ask everyone you know; it might be a hundred miles away, but somebody knows one. Then meet in person and judge for yourself whether this psychic is real.

Real psychics sometimes "do" astrology or Tarot readings or use those as a tool, but astrology and Tarot are not psychic. Astrology and Tarot require extensive education and training. By contrast, real psychics have a gift. They do not need training and mentoring. They probably have unlisted phone numbers. They might very well be miserable with their gift and wish they did not have it.

It works the other way, too: Real, trustworthy astrologers do not claim to be psychics. Astrologers and psychics have nothing in common. Misleading ads for "clairvoyant horoscopes" bet that most people don't know this.

Even real psychics, because they are human, are never 100 percent right, and not every question has an answer.

Still Think You Need a Psychic Reading?

First, Google the name of the psychic or company. Do NOT pay money or call a number if you find complaints. Fake psychics are big business. Needy, suffering people are their prey. The more they advertise, the more fake they are.

My opinion about psychic readings done "remotely" by phone or email is that electronic energy fields and the pressure on both the reader and the caller greatly interfere with the clarity of a psychic transaction.

Local psychics have websites so people can find them or book a reading, so you can try that, but I have been to three local psychics and was disappointed. One struggled along, getting everything wrong, and then declared me "hard to read." So it was my fault!

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The other did a move that is classic fake! Very often, a fake psychic will tell you that someone important in your life has the initial "R." Every one of us has that, whether it's Robert our boss or Rover our dog, or a neighbor or lawyer with that initial. To read other things fake psychics typically say, see this article.

A friend I'll call Sarah went to a psychic, although it was 70 miles outside of the city and its price was very high. The psychic was a plain-faced, working-class woman who lived with her parents in a small house and met clients in the living room. When Sarah came in, the psychic said she saw an orange aura and said, "You're anticipating something," and asked, "Who's George?" Sarah had just had a first date with a man named George. That was probably much like the experience you will have if you find a real psychic.

In my opinion your best bet for quick customized information and guidance is a local Tarot card reader with a good reputation, one you meet in person. Ask around at natural-foods stores, coffeehouses, spas, and hotels. A real Tarot reader is a combination counselor and diviner, and an ethical one will be happy to give you references. The price will be reasonable.

Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, monitors online horoscope and psychic sites for quality and accuracy. Copyright 2017 by Sylvia Sky. Sylvia does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Ramona Wetzel on May 21, 2019:

How refreshing to find these articles! I am so glad that you are doing what you do. I wish you a thousand flowers.

Harmony beyale on October 24, 2018:

So speaking about fraud.. I hate to admit but sophia loren actually said all the true things about me.. I was having a hard time understanding myself and my feelings. But the reading she did for me was great. Im working on my self now.. I thnk if u feel like the reading is what u feel is right.. Then continue....

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on March 12, 2018:


John Carson on February 24, 2018:

What do you know about Sophia and Maria Loren

AlisV on December 30, 2017:

This is the fine print from Sophia Lorens, the 'Tarot Prophet'.

"The information provided on, and in any reports, emails, ebooks, or other materials you might receive from, is for entertainment purposes only. Obviously, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of's information, and we are not responsible for how you interpret or apply it. If you are struggling with serious problems, including chronic illness, mental instability, or legal issues, please consult with your local registered health care or legal professional as soon as possible. In other words, please use common sense. Please also carefully read the full Terms & Conditions."

AlisV on December 30, 2017:

It's hilarious how many free tarot card reading adds there are lol

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on September 19, 2017:

Wow, Sylvia, you are one tough investigator!

Frankly, I believe everyone has at least some psychic ability. For example, sensing who is calling you before the phone rings. "I was just thinking of you!"

I listen to channeled messages on YouTube. I find many comforting. I usually enjoy listening before sleep, but I can also do without them.

Psychics don't predict any future; they can only listen and advise from their own perception. Sometimes an outside, second opinion can be helpful, especially when you've allowed yourself to be caught up in your own drama.

Paying for a reading in advance is like throwing money out the window. Payment should only be rendered if Spirit is right. And who can say how much a reading is worth, anyway?

The best way to "read" is to go within, meditate, and breathe. Write the problem down if you must. Paint or draw. Realize you are the creator of your own reality!


Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on August 31, 2017:

Yes, kenngdeli. Anyone who offers an initial "free reading" on the Internet, to the whole Internet, is not real.

kenngdeli on August 17, 2017:

May I ask if this is a scam?

anyone has try before?

Wolflover63 from Michigan on April 25, 2017:

I was wondering if this person is a real psychic or is she fake? Her name is Bethea and email:

Could someone let me know please and thank you?

Peadar on December 24, 2016:

Good article that will hopefully save a lot of people wasting their money. 1 in 10 million estimate is probably accurate for people with clairvoyance ability.

If you want to help with your own futures take up meditation and mindfulness, this will allow you to develop your own innate abilities and natural instincts. Believe in yourself. You don't need these online 'psychics' to affirm your strengths.

About half my family are quite psychic in various ways. A real psychic would not try to exort money from vulnerable people using this method. A genuine psychic will often avoid publicity of any kind.

jusp0426 on November 12, 2016:

My email reply to CECILIA


I'm confused about your fees. It says one time only fee of $9. When I look at the fees that need to be selected it shows $9 month/every month. Not to mention, the selection already prompted was at the $79 special offer which I almost paid for.

Your website has no contact number for any issues related to the service provided. Weather you are really trying to help someone, it's a disservice to manipulate customers in total costs.

SCAM or No SCAM with many websites they have in the internet to make money is pretty sneaky. The lives of these website SCAMMERS maybe working out for sometime taking money from people, but never last as long as they think it would be. That is why there are so many SCAMS just to make a buck.

This is my reading for whoever reads this.

Jane on July 13, 2016:

Hi, is Sophia Loren a reliable tarot prophet?

Maggie!!! on March 25, 2016:

Hi thanks sylva thanks for all ur information on these so called mediums and what everelse they call themselves, I asked for a free reading from Tara just to see what she would say, well she promised me everything but I knew she was a FAKE straight away, coz she said my star sign was virgo going by my d.o.b but my bday is in January and I'm a Capricorn, how stupid do she think we are that we dont no our own star signs!!! WHAT D HELL LIKE!!! and I bet I'm not d only 1who's star sign she got wrong, if anyone goes on her site just check to c what star sign she puts u down as, u mite b surprised!!!!!!

Rhonda Wentz from USA on February 22, 2016:

Thank you.

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on February 21, 2016:

Here is the link to the "15 Things That Fake Psychics Say"

An experienced palm reader can tell you a lot, but he or she has to have been doing it for many years. You cannot read your own palm, not even with an instruction book.

Rhonda Wentz from USA on February 20, 2016:

Thank you for this great article. I would love to read the article about things fake psychics say. But, sadly, the link is broken. Tell me please Sylvia, what do you think of palm-reading?

Nilesh on February 10, 2016:

They say that nothing significant can be achieved without hardwork. The reason you are suffering because of your past Karmas or past actions. In testing times one should turn towards gods & not such stupid padre. Always pray to your esteem god. I would also add apart from padre there are name such as maria the medium, Gabriel, aasha, aalisha, tara. Internet is full of such BS. I have read somewhere on internet that this is computer generated canned responses & some people fall for it. Pls add more name if you have any. So people become aware & stay away from such stupidity.

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on February 10, 2016:

I don't know those texts and can't comment except to say I think those are less occult than they are about "positive attitude."

dansp on February 09, 2016:

Hi Sylvia I know this page is not only for answering queries on psychics or occult related issues.Afterall we looked them up in the hope of improving our personal lifestyles.What if I were to say I located a couple of manifesting self-help programs by the names of The Law of Attraction 'ORIGIN' - Intention Point'(orchestrated by Katherine Hurst) and Mastering You Inner Game by Dr. Robert Anthony.Do you know which is legitimate and effective? I am having a hard time choosing between the two(provided they are legit,of course.


Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on February 07, 2016:

Diana is FAKE. She's a creation of the French company responsible for fakes such as Jenna. Any one-name psychic or astrologer who provides "free" initial readings is fake. Read the small print at the home page's bottom: "The information provided on, and in any reports, emails, ebooks, or other materials you might receive from is for entertainment purposes only."

dansp on February 06, 2016:

Is legitimate or fake?

Googled her thrice on google and she passed with flying colors(81%!)


Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on February 03, 2016:

Adrian-Psychic's website actually and openly says: "The designation "ADRIAN" is a commercial and fantasy designation and "" is also a commercial and fantasy title of a technical nature. " That means "fake." Padre is fake. Victory, I can't find. But I would bet she's fake because one-name psychics are fake.

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on October 31, 2015:

Online psychics are all scams no matter what their names. It's a fast and easy way to make money from vulnerable people.

Anonymous on October 30, 2015:

You might want to try these ones too. Laura-clairvoyance and Laetizia. I've had spam emails from both, two, in fact, from Laetizia.

samantha nanda on October 03, 2015:

Is real or fake? The Adriana you listed that is fake, she is a clairvoyance, right. I believe I had a reading from her and she was telling me many awful things about my future love life. Now i know all these people are fake. Its like someone pulled a big prank on me. Thank God, i did not order any of their things.

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on September 23, 2015:

Sorry, but I don't have time to look up individual psychics on call. If in doubt, DO NOT USE THE PSYCHIC.

Mary on September 23, 2015:

thank you. What about Sophia Loren?

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on August 30, 2015:

Diana R with that address is fake.

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on August 12, 2015:

I will have to take some time to look into Fleur, but I'll answer that when I do.

Herb on August 11, 2015:

I would like to know if medium Fluer is real or fake

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on July 15, 2015:

Yes, Bethea is fake. Here is the link to my Bethea article:

Herb on July 07, 2015:

I would like to know if Bethea is fake

Anil on July 06, 2015:

Hi I have tried Jenna. The person is also a scam. I connected first with the person in 2007 and continued till 2012. Hope he / she has reformed now :-)

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on May 12, 2015:

Go to the website and click on "Contact Me" or "Terms of Use" and ask for your refund. If 30 days have passed you have no chance of a refund.

Tristan87 on May 12, 2015:

How can i ask for refund from tara the medium? she really piss me off.. if only i know sooner that she's a scam..

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on April 15, 2015:

Yes, Arlene, Maria Medium is fake.

arlene on April 14, 2015:

Is maria fake

TheFamousCash on November 09, 2014:

At least, those in UK can now actually DO SOMETHING positive about these thieves. . . .

Odette on November 08, 2014:

Great article! I really enjoyed reading it. I know this is an old article but I was wondering if anyone else is getting daily, vaguely threatening messages from Maria Medium? I clicked on a link just to read my horoscope some time last year and it said I could get it emailed to me. So I gave my email address. Ever since I get daily, or at least 4 or 5 times weekly, these absolutely stupid emails from this Maria one, telling me basically that my life depends upon some weird ritual thing she has to do to get rid of some evil source stopping me from being loved, happy and wealthy... bla bla bla... She really covers her bases I guess LOL Well folks, I'm happy as a clam, in a wonderful relationship and couldn't give a monkeys about money at all nor have I ever really been that money minded. I'm not wealthy but I'm not starving either... More money more problems in my opinion. Her latest email is even bringing the Dalai Lama into it! The absolute cheek of it!! I suppose a year of being ignored by me has gotten Maria acting a little cray cray... LOL! Apparently, her friend in Tibet, a Grand Master of such and such, invited her over for a spot of tea and proceeded to have a seizure or fit of some kind, followed by a graphic vision of the Dalai Lama appearing before him, with a message to tell me specifically, to let Maria do this magic spell crap so I could win loads of money on 3 "key dates" because I deserve it. Oh and then he levitated in front of her (because the Dalai Lama apparition wasn't crazy enough apparently). I'm no expert but I reckon the Dalai Lama would have more pressing matters to attend to besides appearing to the fictional friends of Maria LOL. Also he isn't dead so her little tale is a bit redundant, unless he has teleporting abilities as well as divine wisdom. And if I do ever get the chance to meet the Dalai Lama, I would be so disappointed if his message to me was about something as vulgar as money. I would like to imagine his words of wisdom being more to do with inner peace or enlightenment. Anyway I'm going on a bit here but I wanted to say what struck me as odd was the mention of the Dalai Lama. This is odd under normal circumstances, but more so to me as I had recently started liking some of his Holiness' posts on Facebook and following some of his teachings and stuff online. Could it be that Maria, or whatever corporate money machine spat her out, did a little internet search of my name and saw my Facebook habits? Paranoia maybe but I wouldn't put anything past these people. I can see how people could be taken in by it all while going through hardship. That's when desperation makes you lose all logic and reasoning so Maria's vague meaningless threats become meaningful to a person in that situation. They provide a REASON for your strife. An answer for your suffering. It takes the lowest of the low, the crème de la crème of scum, to wear a good Samaritan mask whilst preying mercilessly on the insecurities and vulnerability of good decent people going through tough times. An ordinary criminal will pick your pocket. These fake psychics take money in a more sophisticated style than that and yet to me seem so much more repulsive. Rant over! :)