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Sylvia Browne


Chris Dufresne

Complaint Rating:  95 % with 44 votes
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Phone: 778-998-7167
I recently had a reading with Chris Dufresne. Words won't even do justice to tell you how Severely dissapointed I was with his reading. Within only the first few minutes I realized I had made a huge mistake and that I was being scammed. The reading lasted no more than 10 minutes. He was so fake and seemed to rush the whole reading, I didn't even know what to say. He was extremely vague and suggested things that could have applied to Anyone! And I quote "You have a poor diet and that could be the reason why you are feeling tired sometimes, " "You should check your thyroid in a few years, " "Did you ever think about maybe going back to school?" Those are just a few of the Ridiculous points he threw my way. Then I told him I was bored a lot with work and wondered what other career path he sees me in, and he told me to maybe look into real estate. I know beyond a doubt that I am not interested in real estate! In fact, it wouldn't even be on my top 10 list of careers that I would even think about pursuing. Then he tells me "Well a lot of people nowadays work 2 to 3 jobs, so maybe you can still be a dental hygienist but do something else on the side too." Wow! Really Chris, are you sure about that?!? That was soooo insightful, i mean really I should have paid another f*@** $400 on top of my reading just because I could never have obtained that kind of advice anywhere else! Then` he tells me that his fiance or whatever is a hygienist too and works at a grocery store part time. Thanks TIPS! If I wanted to talk about you Chris how about I charge you the same ridiculous amount that you guys robbed from me. The rest of the reading went pretty much like that. He gave me no specifics of anything, just a bunch of BS. There were awkward silent moments, and absolutely no interest into what he does. At the end of the reading especially, I felt that he rushed me off like he had somewhere more important to be. I had myself down on Sylvia Browne's 3 year waiting list, so in the meantime I thought I would have a reading with her son Chris as they made him out to have such spectacular psyhic abilites, equal to Sylvia's. In the end I was the fool. What burns me the most is not the hard earned cash that I blew away on pure garbage, but is the faith that I lost. I was really looking forward to Chris' reading the minute I booked it, but now that I've had it I feel worse than I did going into it. This experience has devasted me to the point that I no longer want to have a reading with Sylvia Browne.
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A  3rd of Mar, 2010 by    0 Votes
I think both he and his Mother Sylvia Browne should be charged with fraud, banned from using the internet. phone contact and both thrown in jail and for a long, long time.
They prey on the innocent.
Sylvia Browne's predictions have proven to be false time and time again. Chris Dufresne is the same.
I predict that both are going to be charged and put in jail.
They aren't physic...they're con artists and thieves.
D  22nd of Mar, 2010 by     Best Advice +4 Votes
Hi there,

I have something very interesting to say about my mother's reading with Chris, which was 2.5 years ago. When I heard my mom's tape recording, I thought Chris was rude and totally full of crap. He said things that I thought were vague and "not possible." Chris told my mom that I should be in health care. I thought it was ridiculous, as this is the one field that I said I would NEVER, EVER go into. Sounds very similar to your story of not wanting to go into the career he mentioned for you. So like you, I was furious and I dismissed him and his "BS" predictions. He also told my mom when I would meet my next boyfriend--more than a year later in June/July, and I did not believe him. He also told my mom that my dad needs to watch his "blood pressure and cholesterol." Again, I thought this was BS that he could say to anyone. If anyone would have a problem with these blood pressure & cholesterol it would be my mom, not my dad, as it runs in my mom's family. So I dismissed him again.

The tape sat in the garage until about 3 months ago. I couldn't remember anything he said, but I decided to listen to the tape again. I was SHOCKED. Almost all of his predictions came true. My dad is now on medication for blood pressure and cholesterol. NO ONE ELSE in my family has these issues, even though high blood pressure/cholesterol runs on my mom's side of the family. It also turns out that I met my boyfriend in the EXACT months Chris predicted. I lost my job about 9 months ago, and GUESS WHAT? After doing some volunteer work at a hospital, I am now considering a career in the medical field--a career I said I would "NEVER" consider!! Chris was right about other things. Here are a few more:

1) My brother is a lazy, pot-smoking slacker. He barely finished high school. He's never finished anything else in his life and can only manage to hold jobs for 2 months tops. My parents spent $45k for his first attempt at college. He dropped out. He then chose a 15-month program in another field, and he dropped out after 10 months. We knew that idiot would never finish. But Chris said he'd eventually and reluctantly finish. We didn't believe him. My brother actually finished a year later. We are still shocked.
2) My parents wanted to sell their house. They had a realtor and they were showing the house with every intention of retiring in Florida. Chris said they wouldn't sell it. They never did sell the house and have no current plans to sell.
3) My aunt is 50 years old, selfish, immature and has never married. She's had numerous boyfriends. Chris said her current boyfriend is the right man for her. We are all surprised that they are still together (2.5 years later) and that everyone has noticed a change in her for the better. It's like she's a whole different person and the entire family believes her boyfriend is The One.

My suggestion to you is to keep that tape and listen to it way later, like after a couple of years. If Chris says you should watch your thyroid in the next few years...I'd suggest you stop dismissing his advice and realize that if you knew eveyrthing about your future, you wouldn't have been looking for a psychic for advice. Like I said...I completely dismissed him until TWO AND A HALF YEARS LATER. I'm just saying...I was shocked by all of this and think he deserves credit where it's due. No wonder he seems like he hates his job. No one believes him, so he probably feels pretty crappy every day.

While I can't speak for everyone, my experience and my mom's reading were very positive in the long run. Chris was spot-on.
A  13th of Nov, 2010 by    +2 Votes
Good for you, jushiburuberi, for standing up for the truth. I am a fan of Sylvia Browne & I'm familiar with Chris & even though I've never gotten a reading from either one, I've read almost all her books & she answered all the questions I have had since childhood that no minister, bishop, or preacher could ever answer. I am 54 yrs old.
N  17th of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
I like a woman named Patrine Somes. She is has been very good in past years.
N  17th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
Patrene Soames, correction
A  11th of Jun, 2012 by    -1 Votes
I had a reading with Chris, 6/5/2012
He was nothing but rude, I had asked for a refund because they had changed my apt. 6 times. So when he called me he was pissed.
Just about screaming at me, I was not able to ask a question, he would just ramble on. Most of the time he spoke about him self and/or his mother and that they are going to have to work until they drop dead. When I was able to I asked about the predictions in his mothers books, he changed the subject and spoke about how people will just walk away from their homes because they will be upside down... that has been going on now for years, has he not seen the news? He is worthless, but like it is stated, I learned to throw what SB says in her books down the drain. I am hoping to get the tape so that I can share it with the world, so people can see how he really is.
N  10th of Sep, 2012 by    +2 Votes
wow. i just paid 4 a reading w/him and getting it today. Hope its better than u guys r saying. Maybe he has good and bad days. Maybe he connects w/some people better than others? At least i got the discount summer rate. Still insane at $250.
I am a psychic and only charge $25- 70 based on amount of time so even poor people have access. To me, thats the right thing to do. I dont understand the need to make 500 or 850!!! per hr. Thats just greed..
I wish i could read for myself, but thats difficult.
I am horrified by phony psychics- they make me and all psychics look bad.
If anyone wants a psychic who has integrity and compassion, try me- http://www.isiswing.com
Meanwhile, pray for me today that i get REAL information. If not i will be really pissed that i wasted $250 and took off a day of doing readings for others (coz he gave me a 3 hr time frame. Not sure why he cant set definite appts since he knows each reading is 30 min max) I have prayed that God, the archangels and my ancestors will speak thru him. That may help.
A  15th of Nov, 2012 by    0 Votes
WOW!! my dear starr123, I am so sorry to hear that !! I can see why you want a refund. His mother told some fascinating stories about Chris in one of her books & since he is the only son with the gift, ( her other son does not have it ) he sounded like a kind & spiritually gifted young man, especially since he have gone on tour with his mother . But then again, we have to keep in mind he is also human just like all of us, dealing with emotions, physical problems that can lead to dysfunctional verbal communication, etc. I'm just saying...but anyway you were right, I think to ask for a refund at prices like that. Please, keep us posted.
N  15th of Nov, 2012 by    0 Votes
Hi, everyone sorry I never did tell you I had cancelled reading w/Chris. They gave my money back w/no hassle 24 hrs b4 appt.
I cant recommend nor complain. On a personal note, I, as a psychic myself have been very busy lately. The holiday season is bringing up emotional issues and putting stress on relationships. People have been needing long reading/counseling combos. Intense time for all.
A  25th of Jan, 2014 by    0 Votes
I just did a reading with Chris two days ago and was so disappointed, which is why I started looking at what others are saying. Guess I should have done this BEFORE spending $195 for 20 minutes! He even fed me the same line about "everyone working 2 or 3 jobs." And I saw on another page something else he said to me verbatim. Guess he has a checklist of stock answers to give people. I won't ask for my money back because there's really nothing I can prove that he was wrong about anything. But it's a lesson for me to do my homework in advance. I have two friends who are psychics and have done a reading with a third. They were NOTHING like what I got - or rather didn't get - from Chris. They warm, personable, caring - and correct! And a whole lot cheaper, to boot!
A  13th of Jan, 2015 by    +1 Votes
I also feel like a fool... EVERYTHING Chris told me a LIE!!! I wrote to the company and complained I wanted a refund and they have ignored me... It's funny though they are quick to take your money! I really hoped and prayed that he was real before I talked to him.. He rushed through the phone conversation, $250 for 15 minutes- and he was RUDE! Not one thing he told me is true! Shame on him for RIPPING people off that WORK hard for their money!!! Unlike him- who is scamming people. It makes me sick!!!

Heather- Michigan
N  14th of Apr, 2015 by    +2 Votes
People record your tape . than check back years later and post. y never know, sure 2 or 3 jobs I know alot of people doing that and surviving until they find their niche. Just dont forget to verify and post years later. Peace :)
N  17th of Sep, 2017 by    0 Votes
@SorenRise People working more than one job in our bad economy doesn't require ESP. Half of Americans have to do it. It's a pretty safe bet.
A  12th of Mar, 2016 by    0 Votes
Chris DuFresne is an absolute and a phony. I decided to get a reading from him because I believed in it. I got a reading from him in 2000, and 16 years later none of the things he predicted for me came true, except that he suggested I study psychology and I decided to do it, but that wasn't really a prediction but a suggestion, and I don't want them to. He told me I was mentally ill, which was not true, it has never come true, and it won't. But what devastated me the most was when I asked him about romantic relationships. I cannot believe how stupid and wrong that was. It is now 2016, and I have not married anyone else because I don't want to, and I sincerely want to marry my ex-boyfriend and have eight children with him, which he said would not happen, and I don't care anymore what he said, just that I want to warn consumers that he does this for money. I will never marry anyone else and have two children, a boy and a girl, with him. He is not the authority on love and romance
D  14th of Mar, 2016 by    +2 Votes
I Had a lot of Respect And Faith In Silva Browne I Watched everyone of her shows on Montel went to Her show in Edmonton. I was such a believer. But this isn't about Silva Browne This is about Chris her son. I Wanted To know about my youngest son about his health. He was sick for years thinking it was wheat or dairy products a food Allergy. Doctors would tell him to quit smoking he would feel better. Talked to Chris and he vertified it was probably food allergies told me my son would get married to have two children. I put a lot of faith in what he told me because my son hid a lot of his health issues with me, all he would have done was go for a yearly check up and they would of been able to save him. He had a slow leak of poison toxins leaking into his body for years from we think it was tear on his intestines. At 29 years old he passed away Feb. 17/16 his birthday was yesterday Mar. 13/83. He was sick for years not knowing how sick and everyday he was slowing dieing. I feel we got cheated with my son's life I lost faith in God for taking something so precious and beautiful from my Life. And I question if you are what you say you are. I asked to talk to you about this horrible situation that you can never make it right again. it 's killed our family what use to be beautiful is ugly now, I walk around like a zombie everyday trying not to feel anything. How could you live with yourself giving people hope when you don't have the ability to do what you say you are able to do.

Deep Sorrow
A  7th of May, 2016 by    0 Votes
Muriel - After the fact, it was obvious that Chris was telling you what he thought you wanted to hear. I can't imagine the agony you're going through after the tragic passing of your beloved son. I know that nothing I nor anyone else can say or do is going to lessen your grief but please know, I am truly sorry you have to go through this. I'm also sorry for the other people who deep in grief turn to mediums to try to find a small iota of comfort through the knowledge that their loved ones still exist in some form; only to be taken in by some greedy, heartless person who claims to be able to communicate with spirit. I truly believe that karma will eventually catch up with each and everyone of them who has tried to profit by the pain of others.
N  18th of May, 2016 by    0 Votes
Oh, my. I had a session with Chris a few years ago, but I didn't have any problems. I wanted to know things like who was my Spirit Guide, and he told me. Funny, years before I spoke with him, I wanted to name my daughter the same, but my husband (at the time) nixed it. I wanted to know what my Totem was; I thought it might be a big cat, like a tiger or jaguar or puma, but it was a bear. In fact, I like guys who are big teddy bears! He also told me that I'd had 31 previous lives! Six years ago while flying out of Pittsburgh, I'm always stopped for "special screening." I was taken to a table and checked out by TSA, who took my purse some distance away (later I learned that it was illegal for them to do that: they have to go thru it right in front of you). I was upset at the length of time it took them, and how they went thru my thin gray hair looking for bombs. I had been standing in bare feet on a cold floor and asked if I could put my shoes on, but first they had to check the bottoms of my feet to make sure I was standing on bombs! Finally, they gave me my purse, and I ran in tears to make the flight. When I got home and went thru my purse, my five carat diamond tennis bracelet and a diamond and emerald dome ring were missing. I wanted to call Chris again, and see if he can ask the Spirits if indeed the jewelry was stolen at that time. I cannot think of anywhere else it could be. I too used to watch Sylvia on Montell's show, and she used to tell people things like that. Anyway, as a result of that incident, I now hate to fly. I'd rather drive 14 hours from Florida to DC than fly. Sometimes, I take the auto-train, 17 hours. If I have to fly, I take my credit cards, money out of my purse before it goes thru TSA. When the TSA agent looked at me strangely, I tell them the TSA had robbed me, and I'm not going to let it happen again. What do you think? Should I call Chris and find out for sure? Nothing I can do about it, but it would ease my mind.
A  18th of Aug, 2016 by    +1 Votes
I also had a phone reading with Chris a few months ago and was totally let down after so looking forward to it. I read for friends sometimes and do a much better job than he does. I tape recorded it and laugh now when I play it back because after he hung up and before I shut off the tape you can hear me saying "that was the biggest bunch of bull****, I can't believe it!" I was so disappointed and mad because I had wasted money on this. He is definitely getting business only on his mom's apron strings. I loved his mom and have all her books. He is a friggin joke! It felt like he pulled a card of info out of a hat and just read it off, he spoke fast and monotone and very coldly and made me feel like I was an imposition. Very vague and impersonal and wrong! Plus his call was hours later than scheduled, which was very stressful. Don't waste your time and money on him.
N  2nd of Sep, 2016 by    +1 Votes
Hey Everyone,
A month ago, I won a contest and the prize was a free reading with Chris Dufresne as well as his book, "My life with Sylvia Browne." They contacted me last week and set it up. This is what was said:
1. No immediate health concerns, but I should address the Depression and Anxiety issue that runs in the family. As well as a sporadic blood sugar, thyroid and low iron. (This is accurate, down to the T.)
2. My mother needs to see someone about a hormone imbalance and heart palpitations, but she's in no urgent danger. (We know she has a heart issue, and she recently became aware of her hormones being out of whack.)
3. I'd live to old age and die of natural causes, the reason I feel like I'm running out of time now is due to my anxiety.
4. My oldest son isn't Autistic like we think. He's just extraordinarily wild and we'll see change within 2 years.
5. No more children. My 3 boys will all have wonderful lives and love and respect each other.
6. My mother and I had two previous lives together. We were sisters in one and I was her mother in another.
7. My great grandfather comes around often. (This is accurate. We see him all the time.)
8. Spirit Guides name is Stephanie. I've had 14 lives, mostly male, Egypt, Roman times, Atlantis.
9. My separation feeling from God is due to being young and still doing some soul searching. I will be fine within 5 years. (That means a lot because I really have been questioning god lately.)
10. I will get married in 3 years to an Auburn haired male. (I never saw myself getting married, so we will see. lol)
11. I will meet a boyfriend late March/early April 2017. He'll have dark hair, good teeth and own his own business. (Interested to see how thats gonna go.)
12. Themes are Caretaker and Tolerance. (Care taker isn't an actual theme. I believe tolerance, because it would make sense personally. lol)
13. Option Line is Romance. (Again, I can def see that.)
14. I should stick with making music, but also see about healthcare or any type of healing work.
15. I will settle down in Tennessee in about 3 years. (Same time as the marriage?)
16. Totem is a Jaguar
17. My mothers ss claim will be won with a lawyer. (This is 100 percent accurate.)
18. I'm on track, I just need to ease up off myself and roll with the punches.

Im going to say this. I loved Sylvia Browne. I have always been an open minded individual and I'm not gonna sit here and say either of them are frauds because at the end of the day, I'm not that type of person. I enjoyed the reading. Chris was not rude or quick with his responses. He allowed me to ask him as many questions as I wanted and also spoke on his own thoughts. The reading was set to go 30 minutes but mine lasted about 15 and I was fine with that because honestly that was all the questions I wanted answered. I know he'd have stayed there on the line if I'd had more. If the stuff happens, then thats awesome and I'll be sure to document it. If it doesn't, I'm not gonna stress it. I enjoyed the moment and that's that. I think that if you're going to book a psychic reading with ANYONE, you should always take it into consideration that at the end of the day, its all a fifty/fifty. So many people spend that money and lean on every single thing they say, and I've always found that ridiculous. Be open minded. Enjoy it. And just go about your life. :)
A  5th of Sep, 2016 by    +1 Votes
I love the weekly Wednesday show on blog radio, and the hard work that is put into it. At first I was really excited and looked forward to the inter connection with every-one. When Chris would come on I enjoyed asking a question in the chat room what ever I was wondering that week. Then I got the feeling they wanted people to join, that would be 25.00 a month and if I asked a question in the chat room and Chris was not there it was mentioned that if you where here to ask Chris a question you can call the office and set up an appointment. I still listen to the show, I just don't sign in or ask questions, but I do enjoy the information and hard work to make the show run. I try to support the show within my budget, I don't send money but I sign in each week. I have asked several questions, some times I felt Chris was right on the button, sometimes I felt he was off, rude, and wondering how is this going to help and answer did not help to motivate, it was more of a downer. It must be hard for Chris, now he has no choice...he is psychic, but he lacks what fake psychic have, the power to draw you in. It's like a wife that has a husband that cheats, sometimes what is lacking is what is going to bring them back.
N  15th of Sep, 2016 by    0 Votes
I am proudnavymom. This is to grunge_punk1989. WOW!!! Chris told me that my Spirit Guide's name is Stephanie also! In reading Sylvia's books, one thing she said is that we are assigned a Guide before we are born. I don't think your Stephanie is the same as mine. I keep mine pretty busy!!! I actually chat with her, thank her when things turn out well, and go over the day's events with her before falling asleep I have a terrible dilemma right now, but it would take an Act of Congress to solve it. You think Chris was rude and uncaring? Try calling your congressman and senator. They are the embodiment of uncaring. I don't remember what Chris told me, but I want to thank him for this opportunity. I regret not having ever had a reading with Sylvia. You guys all watched Montel, and saw her waddle away. Poor dear, I wished she had taken better care of herself. To all of you, I wish to say what I learned while going to a Spiritualist church: "We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws."

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