Have you ever heard of ‘cold readings’? Even if you haven’t, you’ve definitely hoped you wouldn’t get a cold reading when you have a psychic reading.
Because scammers use cold readings!
Wikipedia tells us a cold reading is a set of techniques used by mentalists, psychics, fortune tellers, mediums, illusionists (readers) and scam artists to imply that the reader knows much more about the person than the reader actually does.
But NOT ALL psychics, fortune tellers and mediums are scammers. That’s why I want to chat to you about cold readings so that you DON’T get scammed.
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Tell me more about cold readings:
A cold reading is a communication technique that anyone can learn. Although it’s quite difficult to master, people have been using cold readings for centuries to scam their way through life in many different ways.
What happens is that the ‘reader’ gets info from someone else (their client) without that person being aware that they’re giving the info. Mostly the ‘reader’ uses the info to gain their client’s trust and to convince the client that they know more about them than they actually do.
Once the client buys into the idea that the ‘reader’ is real, it’s easy to get them to part with their money (sometimes over and over again).
Excluding the damage that can be done by fraudulent psychics, fortune tellers, mediums, mediums, etc. cold readings do have a valid place in entertainment and business. As with anything, there are always people who are willing to exploit useful things for their own gain.
Where are cold readings useful?
- Mentalists and stage magicians use cold reading techniques to entertain their audience
- In business and personal relations, cold reading techniques are used to sum up a situation when meeting new people; it’s widely used as sales techniques
- In film and stage, a cold reading is an unprepared reading of a script (it’s not a scam here)
Cold readings rely on the cognitive bias of the person being scammed. Cognitive bias is a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, etc. that occurs as a result of holding onto preferences and beliefs regardless of different information.
We’re all susceptible to cognitive bias, particularly when we’re upset and under pressure, and this makes us vulnerable to poor decision making. Let’s look at a few examples:
There are loads of other examples of cognitive bias, and scammers and fraudsters have always understood how it works. That’s how they’ve been getting money from vulnerable people for centuries.
It all sounds very complicated, and it actually is. That’s why scammers can get away with it.
How do cold readings work?
Scammers who use cold reading techniques often come from a family of scammers and fraudsters, so they’ve been learning their skills for years. Because cold readings are a combination of techniques that have been practised for years and years, it’s not easy to spot a scammer.
Cold readers are ace manipulators, but here are some ways that readers try to convince you that they’ve got info for you when they actually haven’t:
The cold reader will make these vague statements (posed as questions) very quickly and sense your reaction. If you don’t respond, they’ll fire the next one at you until you take the bait with something like:
“Well I know my great granddad’s uncle fought in the Second World War, so he wore a uniform …”
The scammer has something to work with. They can then continue to tell you about all kinds of things that your great granddad’s uncle wants to tell you. And during the ‘reading’ they’ll keep using these techniques to get more info out of you to tell you about.
If you’re feeling hurt and vulnerable, you could easily buy into a reading like this because you want answers and you’re looking for hope and comfort. You desperately want to believe them! Cold readers know this very well, and they’ll push exactly the right buttons to get you to believe in their cruel scam.
Some scammers are so good that they actually can get people to apologise to them when they just can’t find any link to what they’re saying. “I’m really sorry, but I just can’t think of any who …”
How can I guarantee that I won’t pay for a cold reading?
The best way to avoid being scammed by a fake is to go to online psychic reading sites. They screen all their readers before they can join, and many of their readers have been on these sites for years. A cold reader will be caught out very fast if they’re trying to scam people online.
All psychic reading sites profile their readers, so you know what type of reading you’re getting. Always look at how long a reader has been on the site (honestly, a fake won’t last wrong), and also look at what their previous clients had to say about the reader.
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By opting for online psychic reading sites to get a psychic reading, you’re also opting to choose how you want the reading done. You can get a psychic reading by phone, online chat, email or sms depending on the psychic reading site you choose. Phone or online chat readings are immediate; just like a real psychic hotline 24/7/365! Sms and email psychic readings are more personal and private, and of course, you have the written record to keep.
When you go for an online psychic reading, you’re guaranteed to get a genuine reading. If you go face to face, you could be scammed by a cold reading. You don’t need to see a psychic sitting in front of you to have a real reading. The value and strength of psychic readings lie in the psychic’s connection with your aura and with Spirit energy. Of course, cold readers know nothing about that!
10 ways to spot a cold reading?
It isn’t always possible to spot a cold reading because some scammers are just so good. Unless you have proper references for a psychic, you’re really just taking a chance when you have a reading. That’s why I recommend online psychic reading sites where all the references and reviews of past clients are listed on a reader’s profile. Nothing beats word of mouth when it comes to recommendations.
Here are 10 pointers that may identify a reading scam:
Scammers want to convince you that the cold reading is a real psychic reading, so they’ll do whatever’s necessary to win your trust. Dressing up, having more divination tools than any reader could ever possibly use in a reading, telling you that they saw you before they met you… scammers have no integrity, and they don’t care either.
Scammers prey on vulnerable people after they’ve gone out of their way to win their trust!
There are so many other ways that scammers will try to manipulate you and take advantage of you, but real psychics won’t use any of the above in a reading. By far the most real psychics are very caring people who see it as their life purpose to help people find answers, heal, grow and continue on their life journey.
Are there hot readings?
Actually, there are!
Hot readings are exactly the same as cold readings, and the aim is also to scam you out of your money. When you have a hot reading, the reader has had access to info about your life beforehand, so they can convince you that they’re the real deal when you meet them.
There are many ways scammers can get info on you, especially if you’ve made an appointment and given them your full name.
How do they do it?
- Social media is a hotbed of info for prying eyes; if your accounts aren’t set to private scammers can know everything about you including what your problems are
- Google can also help scammers find out more about you than you can imagine
- Word of mouth: if you’re told about the reader by someone you know (even vaguely) they can give the reader a heads up before the reading
Because most of us wouldn’t dream we’re being scammed, we wouldn’t think that someone looked at our social media accounts or googled us beforehand. Think how impressed you’d be if the ‘psychic’ describes your ex to a tee, and gives you their real first name. Why wouldn’t you trust the reading?
Scammers understand that; that’s how they roll!
How much does a psychic reading cost?
Expect to pay anything from $0.99 to $9.99 per minute.
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