Once upon a time, it was easy to find a good, accurate psychic. Most of them worked from home, were known within their community and got their business through recommendations. Often you'd get to have a chat before any money changed hands. With the dawn of the Internet came scams and con artists out to make money and it's getting increasingly difficult - especially if it's your first time - to figure out who's genuine and who isn't.

However, there are a few things you can look out for when searching for a reliable service. First of all, look for a site that has a reasonably short list of available individuals, as this is often a good indication that they vet people before allowing them to register, rather than taking on anyone.

It's a good idea to have a peek at their sign up/ employment section to see what's actually required of a person to become an online advisor. Check for their hiring policy to see if individuals are screened - for instance are identities checked and/ or are potential advisors interviewed and tested for abilities. If it has taken you longer to find the site than it does to be signed up and let loose on unsuspecting clients, you may want to have a look at another site.

Make sure you get what's promised - there are many pretenders who will have you believe they are someone they aren't. Sites where numerous psychics won't allow you to see their real faces and use pictures of cards or crystals for their profile are best kept well away from - if there is nothing to hide, why not reveal their face and show their true identity?

Do make a point of checking out their customer service department. It should be staffed with real, honest and friendly professionals who are willing to help at any time. Send an e-mail asking about their refund policy, credentials and hiring process. The response - or lack of - you receive should give you a pretty good idea how genuine the site is.

Most good services will provide a space for customer feedback. Reading some of the customer comments will give an insight into the standard of psychic services provided and what kind of clientele use the site. If you're not sure that the comments are genuine, visit one of the many psychic services review sites - they are very good at pointing out scams!

Be wary of overdressed websites - the more flashing and animation is going on, the more likely it is that there is little substance behind it all. Real professionals will keep their sites looking professional and intriguing; their services will speak louder than flashing exclamation marks.

Ridiculously high or low fees are also a warning sign. Genuine psychics will charge affordable, respectable fees; they are not out to get rich quick but they do have to make a living. Many good sites also offer access to free horoscopes, podcasts and blogs.

Author's Bio: 

Rachel Ann is a Reiki Master and writes for the psychic & metaphysical industry, promoting the discovery of the personal spiritual path, and recommends the following sites:

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