Fountain of Folly: 10 Red Flags to Spot a Fake Guru and Protect Yourself!

Fake guru

Ah, the age-old question: how can you tell the difference between a real guru and a fake one?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t always clear-cut. That said, there are some tell-tale signs that you should be wary of anyone who claims to have a fountain of knowledge and is selling access to it. You know the ones!

So, with that in mind, here are ten reasons why you should be very wary of people who are selling access to their supposed fountain of knowledge:

  1. They’re always wearing sunglasses indoors. Sure, it might look cool, but it’s also a classic sign of someone who’s trying too hard to look mysterious and important.
  2. They have a strange obsession with crystals. Look, I’m not saying that crystals don’t have some kind of energy or whatever, but if someone is telling you that a specific crystal will cure all your ailments, you should probably take that with a grain of salt.
  3. They keep telling you to “trust the process.” What process? The process of taking your money and running?
  4. They claim to have all the answers, but can’t actually answer any of your questions. If someone is selling access to their fountain of knowledge, they should be able to provide at least some concrete information about what that knowledge actually entails.
  5. They’re constantly using vague, buzzword-y phrases like “mindfulness” and “self-actualization.” Again, I’m not saying that these concepts aren’t important, but if someone is using them without any real substance behind them, it’s a red flag.
  6. They have a “secret society” that you can only join if you pay a hefty fee. Look, I get it, exclusivity is attractive. But if someone is asking you for a lot of money just to be part of some exclusive club, that’s a pretty big red flag.
  7. They claim to have access to ancient, mystical knowledge that has been lost to the ages. Uh huh, sure. Because that’s definitely a thing.
  8. They’re constantly trying to sell you something, whether it’s a book, a course, or a coaching session. There’s nothing inherently wrong with selling products or services, but if someone is constantly pushing you to buy something, it’s a pretty clear sign that they’re more interested in your money than in actually helping you.
  9. They refuse to provide any real credentials or evidence to back up their claims. If someone is claiming to be an expert in a particular field, they should be able to provide some kind of evidence to back that up.
  10. They have a cult-like following that worships them and hangs on their every word. Look, I’m not saying that every guru with a lot of followers is a fraud, but it’s definitely a red flag if someone has a bunch of people who are blindly following them without any critical thinking.

So there you have it, ten reasons why you should be very wary of people who are selling access to their supposed fountain of knowledge.

Of course, there are plenty of genuine experts out there who have a lot of valuable knowledge to share, but it’s always important to do your due diligence and make sure that you’re not getting scammed.

By keeping an eye out for the ten red flags we’ve discussed, you can avoid falling victim to their scams and protect yourself. And if you’re looking for genuine expertise and experience, why not check out With over 16,000 members who are all searchable for free, you can find the help you need without having to sign in with goat’s blood.

Stay smart, stay vigilant, and don’t let the fake gurus get the best of you!

And hey, if all else fails, you could always just start your own cult and become a fake guru yourself. Just don’t forget to wear your sunglasses indoors.


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