Call in psychic show fined after not notifying listeners they are fakeBy Mason White 11:21 AM July 2, 2013
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By: Debbi Gross
(Scroll down for video) Some people pay a lot of money for psychic readings in hopes to get answers about the past and their future.
Before you open your wallet to pay for a session with a call-in psychic, beware that they may not be able to “see” the future or “speak to” your deceased loved ones.
In a move that no psychic saw coming, the government ordered a psychic phone service to pay a fine for deceiving the public. A British television channel, which created a psychic phone service, has been fined for not telling viewers that everything is “for entertainment purposes only.”
Psychic Today, a 24 hour psychic network, was fined about $19,000 for claiming that their on-air psychic can provide “accurate and precise” readings for callers. They also claimed that one of their psychics had helped police solve a crime.
Another television channel, called The Big Deal, was fined about $15,000 for advertising their psychic services as accurate. The fines were set by Ofcom, an independent regulator for the British communications industry that has strict rules about how psychics can label their skills.
In one case, a psychic told viewers that she was involved in the police investigation into the death of a teenager named Milly Dowler, while another said that she once accurately predicted that her friend would become a friend of Michael Jackson.
Majestic TV, which owns the license for Psychic Today, released a statement saying that the claims made in the two cases were “factually correct”, and the reference to Dowler was “unfortunate”.
Psychics are prohibited from predicting the future, offering life-changing advice, talk to the dead or even pretend to be accurate.
“The sad reality is that the television channel is making a lot of money by taking advantage of the viewers, who think that these psychics are real, with or without disclaimer,” D.J. Grothe, president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, said.
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