If you follow any tarot or other spiritual businesses on social media, you've probably noticed that the scammers are out in full force lately. It's incredibly upsetting as readers to see our clients being preyed upon, and I truly feel for anyone who's been swindled. Instagram in particular has been ineffective in offering any solutions, so it's up to all of us to be as careful and aware as possible.
One of the most common scams I see is the creation of fake accounts that spoof real readers. They generally adopt a very similar username by adding underscores or periods to the real account's name. They copy the real account's bio and photos so their feed looks identical. Then, they reach out to the reader's followers to offer their "services", requesting payment up front. In the end, unsuspecting clients are left without the money or reading.
It's a sucky situation, for sure. Fortunately, a little knowledge and common sense go a long way in protecting yourself from scammers. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
So, what should you do if you're contacted by a scammer? It's not worth it to engage with them. Simply report the account as impersonating someone else, block them, and move on. I also find it helpful to select the option that lets you block future accounts they create. You may want to let the impersonated account know so they can alert their followers.
If you really aren't sure, contact your reader directly through their website or email. They will be able to set you straight.
By practicing common sense and vigilance, we can all stay a little safer. The internet is a crazy place; be careful out there!