Facebook Scammers Pretend to be Religious LeadersAdded: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
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It seems that Facebook fraudsters are increasingly pretending to be US religious leaders to get some easy money. As religious leaders are tapping an ample supply of gullible fans, this illegal business is going well.
For example, one of the scammers has set up a fake page of Reverend Adam Hamilton, who used his genuine Facebook page to keep in touch with his 18,000-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Of course, the fraudster didn’t care about the people, he just wanted to get cash by peddling phony church mission projects.
This is just one of many cases. For instance, Facebook scammers have also targeted some of the best known evangelists, including Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and Craig Groeschel. The results of the fraud were different. Finally, fraudsters went as far as to impersonate Bob Coy, Frank Santora and a megachurch in Connecticut. Even a pastor in South Africa (16 years dead already) emerged on Facebook.
It is unknown how many Facebook members gave away money to scammers (Facebook scammers are meant, not TV evangelists). In the meanwhile, the targeted churches admit that the company is doing good job by quickly taking down phony pages. The problem is that once it does, another one simply pops up.
Reverend Adam Hamilton claimed that he went out of his way to try and warn his followers of potential scam. He admitted that it sounds to him like another Nigerian scam. Worse still, the scheme in question is way too much sophisticated compared with an average Nigerian scam. The matter is that it’s built on real identity theft instead of fairytales about princes and hidden billions.
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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
|Any one who gives money via any social network page is, I'm sorry to say, a complete twat. jmo.|
|posted by (2013-05-29 17:19:39)|
|Couldn't agree more! Twats. But maybe better the money going to scammers than evangelists!|
|Sounds to me like some scammers are taking lessons from some of the biggest players in the scamming business, TV evangelists!!|
|eveybody is scaming even ur grandmother!|
|So, is it worse because they are using FB? What makes this different then any other scammer? Oh! hey my rich uncle just died and left me millions i better respond to this email got to go.....|
|posted by (2013-05-30 09:36:09)|
|scaming even ur grandmother!|
|I got a friend that got played like that i told her it was a scam but she really was thinking this man wanted her but he got her for over $30.000.00 so i wanted to talk to him she let me i posed as another female then he started on me about getting money to pay to have all this money released so i told him i was with the Cyder Crime Unit of The FBI never heard from him again so she got took for Thirty Grand.|
|posted by (2013-05-31 10:51:22)|
|With all due respect to Christian beliefs, the BS that is peddled by the "religious leaders" of this world is nothing more than a scam anyway. ALL "true" Christians should not have millions/billions of $, expensive cars, houses ect cuz they are told to sell all their possessions (Luke 23:33, Matt 19:21 ect..). All these "religious leaders" make 100's of millions from people who can barely afford to feed their families. Sad but true.|
|posted by (2013-05-31 12:44:56)|
|thnxs for this news|
|Real story is that the real religious leaders are scamming the hell out of their gullible followers. Tax free!|
|According to the churches doctrines its better to give than to receive so send me £1000 each and make me as rich as the catholic church and I too can open my own bank.||
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