The most common psychic scam is probably cold reading. Cold readers are able to trick clients into thinking they know more about them than they actually do. Cold readers can be mentalists, mediums, clairvoyants, or psychics.
These cold reading strategies include making vague statements that can be interpreted multiple ways. Anything that isn’t clear cut or specific to you isn’t a real psychic reading- it’s just a shot in the dark. Your psychic reading may not make a lot of sense in the moment, but this doesn’t mean that it won’t make sense later on.
Fake psychics will go back on what they’ve said if it turns out that they were incorrect. Generalized statements should be a big warning sign of a psychic scam.
When you’re getting a psychic reading, do what you can to make sure you aren’t giving the psychic in front of you any subtle messages. This includes your body language, which can let them know some valuable information about you. Additionally, make sure you aren’t offering up information about yourself unnecessarily; the more information they have about you, the more they’ll lean on that rather than a real psychic connection.
Be wary if the psychic asks you a lot of personal questions; again, this gives them more information to use for their reading, rather than relying on their own skills and talents as a psychic.