I could say I've formed an organization dedicated to finding missing children. I could send out press releases. I could take donations. I could claim that I have extra special knowledge that I can't reveal to anyone.
I could whip up a lot of drama and intrigue.
If I did all this, maybe it would be because I am delusional and I believe my own self-created rep. Or maybe I would also be in it for the scam potential.
No matter what, I would hope people would be wise and think twice, several times, before giving me any money or unresearched media coverage. I would hope that people would read what Mark Klaas has to say about psychic detectives:
Psychic Detectives are the vanguard of a second wave of predators that also includes tabloid journalists, cheesy defense lawyers and photo-op politicians. They use tabloid newspapers and talk shows to boast about their accomplishments and predict success. They materialize whenever children are kidnapped and circle the cases like vultures on a fresh carcass.
I would hope that any actual tips would be turned in to the police, rather than held as any kind of supposed secret special psychic proof. I would hope that no one would give me time, money, or press. Or identifying info that could be used in ID theft.
I would hope that a web search on my name would be done to see what I've been up to in the past.
Just because I say it, doesn't mean it's true.