Psychic Scam

How to Avoid Being Scammed

  1. Watch out for someone who guarantees you good health, wealth or fortune.
  2. These promises usually have a fee attached to them. Never give money or credit card or bank account information to anyone you do not know or trust.
  3. Know who you’re dealing with. If you want to engage the services of a psychic be sure you know the total cost of anything you order and exactly what you will receive. Ask if there are any conditions and ongoing or hidden costs.

Scheme Information

Psychics Make Claims That Can't Be Proven

Psychic Scam

This is an example of a trinket a psychic may send to "help" guarantee you good health or the winning lottery number.


Psychic Scam

This is an example of a solicitation you may receive in the mail. The small print, highlighted in yellow, is almost always difficult to impossible to read.


Psychic Scam

With psychic schemes and other types of mail fraud cases it’s rare that you’ll get any of the promised awards, but if you do, you can expect them to be inferior, overpriced, or at the very least, grossly misrepresented. That "all terrain vehicle"? Try a lawn chair with wheels. A "sport fishing boat"? An inflatable raft. A "genuine fur coat" may be a dyed rabbit pelt worth less than $30. And "designer" watches are likely to be pure junk.


Psychic Scams can rob you of your money and your emotional well-being. These fraudsters have no spiritual gifts and are just out to make a quick buck — your buck. They promise to remove a bad luck curse, bring you great fortunes in your future or help you find your soulmate.

The scammers are good at telling people exactly what they want to hear. But victims who buy into these scams are not only throwing their money away, they are taken on an emotional roller coaster ride that continues to require more and more money to get to their goal. And they never get there.

Con artists scam millions of people every year and can seriously affect the lives of victims and their families. Postal Inspectors want to increase the awareness of all Americans, and especially older Americans and their caregivers about the dangers of psychic schemes. You can help by learning to recognize fraudulent offers before they cause damage to you and your loved ones.

With the help of postal employees, an educated public becomes the first line of defense against fraud in the mail.

If mail was used in a crime, even if the crime began on the Internet, phone, or in person, report it to Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455, or at postalinspectors.uspis.gov.