Horoscope Review: The Extraordinary Chris
"Chris" Has Come Down in the World
The Extraordinary Chris homepage used to show a handsome white male with blue eyes and a full head of black hair offering a free psychic reading. Now a creepy and faceless video message asks visitors to click on one of three choices for Tarot drawings, each costing money. Nothing is free on the site whose URL is psychic-readings-for-free.com.
The Extraordinary Chris has come down in the world.
Readings now cost 5 British pounds ($6 USD), 6 pounds ($7.50) and 60 pounds ($76). I clicked on the 5-pound reading and suddenly saw in the banner Chris as he used to be: young and debonair, in full color. All I had to do was enter my personal information, and on the next page credit card information, for my Tarot and supplementary psychic reading, all to arrive via email.
The site's owners seem to have got the memo that “glamour photos” of online psychics with no last name always indicate a fake, yet demoting Chris off the homepage made it shabby. The voice-over says, "Don't wait another second, push that button" and "as soon as I receive your 'symbolic' donation." In 2019 does this kind of pitch even work anymore?
Business is Business
- The site "psychic-readings-for-free.com" doesn’t offer free psychic readings.
- Chris's site is now run by the firm New Lotus Web Ltd., a corporation offering "digital marketing solutions" to companies that want to sell astrology, personal coaching, and so on via email.
- Chris's readings, legally, "shall not be used as a foundation for making decisions" and are "of a recreational, cultural and playful nature." In short, they're fake and meaningless and if they help you, that's coincidence.
- The personal information sent to New Lotus Web Ltd. is added to a database for other advertisers in their group to bother you, even text you.
- The homepage says "100 percent satisfaction" or money back, but the Terms of Service page says no refunds (called "withdrawals") are given for anything received digitally -- and "Chris" sends readings via email.
How It Used to Be
I listened again to Chris's message and heard blatant edits that had turned it from "his" original seductive six-minute pitch for my "symbolic donation" -- into the short message it is now.
WelI, I could hardly wait to buy a reading when last year Chris told me, free, through stars, Tarot, and "astro-telepathic contact" that my life has not always been easy and "at times you are extroverted, affable and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary and reserved." In other words, I'm like everyone else on this planet, and it was a generic, "canned" reading.
Because Chris's voice is being recycled on the home page and his face is being recycled on the personal-info page, it's logical to think that my 5-pound paid email reading would be a recycling of the email reading that was once free -- and furthermore because it's digital I couldn't get my money back. The company is probably hoping that for $6 I wouldn't even bother to try. That's $6 they made without changing their content.
Now That He's Not Free. . .
Most online psychic services sucker people in with introductory "free readings," and so it used to be with Chris, but apparently he's been so shamed by consumer complaints he no longer offers them.
They were worth what they cost. Consumers are asking for money back on "Chris's" promises to do a ritual for them on the solstice, and so on. Anyone smart enough to use the Internet ought to have doubts about such offers.
Please don't ask whether "The Extraordinary Chris" or any online psychic with one name is real. False psychics are given one name to thwart research and investigation. The photograph is of a model; it was taken off the homepage because his photoshopped blue eyes were so obvious. The voice message was recorded by a man much older than "Chris" looks. Even if "Chris" calls, it's a call center. There is no Chris. Don't be taken in.
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