"Meet face to face, never send payment for items you've not seen" "If an ad or reply sounds too good to be true, it probably is" "Use the 'Reply to ad' button for your safety and privacy" "Don't reply to email addresses hidden in text and pictures" "Beware of fake Gumtree, eBay or escrow sites and invoices" "Don't carry large sums of money with you when meeting up" "Tell others when/where you're going to trade, and bring a friend" "Don't ship items - always trade face to face" "Don't use Paysafe, Ukash or Western Union for Gumtree trades"
I was 13 when my mom dragged my brother and me to a "psychic." We were visiting family in Malaysia and somewhere amongst a few palm oil plantations was the house of an old woman who claimed to be able to channel Buddha. My mother was enthralled during the hour-long ordeal, during which the woman basically rolled her eyes often so the whites were showing, dropped her voice a few octaves, and made astonishingly mundane statements that could've applied to anyone (examples: our house had ants out front; my grandma was old and having some health problems). Combined with my love of Harry Houdini (who spent the last few years of his life debunking psychics and mediums) and teen angst that made me hate everything my parents liked, the experience left me convinced that psychics were con artists who separated vulnerable and desperate people from their cash in exchange for poor acting.
Text chat readings are nice for short, quick questions. They give you immediate answers and are very convenient. They are not necessarily good for long, involved questions, though, because texting is generally slower than talking. You also do not have the advantage of the personal contact that would be available over the phone or video chat. Also, while there is always a danger of becoming dependent on a clairvoyant or other psychic, the danger is increased with text readings. This is because of the ease and immediacy of these types of readings.