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Man Scams Over $7 Million By Posing as a Pastor and Charging People for Prayers Online

Businessman created profiles of fictitious pastors for a fake religious website and charged people money in exchange for a prayer.

Hundreds of thousands of people gave their donations to Pastor John Carlson, and he prayed for them in return.

People believed the testimonies written on his website, the ChristianPrayerCenter.com. Individuals claimed that with the help of the minister’s prayers, they gave birth to healthy babies, avoided home foreclosures, won the lottery, and were even cured of HIV.

Aside from Pastor John Carlson and another Pastor Eric Johnson, there were other ministers and religious leaders associated with the site, who would pray for people if they paid between $9 and $35 for their service.

It wasn’t long before the pay-to-pray service amassed more than one million likes on Facebook. Individuals posted their prayers on the site and sent money for the ministers, hoping they, too, would receive their miracle.

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But Pastor Carlson wasn’t who he professed to be. He and all those other names in the website were all fake. In fact, the online prayer service was a fraud—the work of a businessman from Seattle named Benjamin Rogovy.

Benjamin Rogovy, the man behind the “pay-to-pray” scam

Benjamin Rogovy, the man behind "pay-to-pray" scam

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From 2011 to 2015, Rogovy deceived people and took advantage of their religious beliefs. He created a convincing LinkedIn profile of the fictitious Pastor Carlson and fabricated other fake profiles of ministers who were supposed to give consultations and perform religious ceremonies through CPC and its Spanish counterpart, OracionCristiana.org.

Rogovy obtained over $7 million in the span of four years before the website was finally busted last year. And after a year-long investigation, CPC was finally shut down this week. The court also ordered him to repay as much as $7.75 million to at least 165,000 of his victims.

Washington state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson said in a statement:

“I believe in the power of prayer.

“What I don’t believe in and what I will not tolerate is unlawful businesses that prey upon people—taking advantage of their faith or their need for help—in order to make a quick buck.”

The investigators discovered that Rogovy also tricked his unfortunate victims into paying monthly fees through a “deliberately confusing website.”

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“The AGO investigation found that once consumers submitted and paid for a prayer request, they were directed to a web page that gave them the option to receive ‘continued blessings,” the attorney added.

In accordance with the court’s ruling, CPC is now closed. On Thursday, the website declared:

“The Christian Prayer Center is now closed. We thank you for all the prayers, and we cherish the opportunity to have created a place where Christians could meet to support each other.

It also provided a link to the consumer claims process.

CPC’s Facebook page, however, is still functioning according to CBS News. But the message left for Rogovy at the business number listed on the page was “not immediately returned.”

Ferguson, who described Rogovy as “the lowest of the low” said:

“At the basic level, it’s a scam, and he was asking people to give money under deceptive circumstances to have prayers done for them. Pay to pray. Nothing about it was real.”

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21 Bizarre Signs That Will Surely Make You Chuckle

The sign-makers strike again LOL!

Signs are so ubiquitous we sometimes pay them too little attention. If we look closely, however, we might notice some hilarious gems such as the ones we shared below.

Compiled by Wimp, these business and road signage are bizarrely funny you’ll get a few chuckles just by reading them. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t decide if the sign-makers deserve to get fired or deserve to get a raise because of their work.

We leave it up to you, our dear readers, to decide if these signs are a win or not. In the mean time, go ahead and scroll down. We guarantee you’ll be chuckling before you even reach #21!...

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Can You Spot The Hidden Details In These 16 Photos? Go Ahead And Try!

Squint your eyes and look closer.

A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. Besides, every still image captures a moment and tells a story.
In some cases, though, a photo may be hiding certain details you may not easily notice in a quick glance.
Take the pictures below for example.

The internet has had a field day on these images because frankly, they’re fun and challenging at the same time. Depending on how much you enjoyed ‘Where’s Wally’ as a child, you will probably do a good job for get a headache finding hidden things in these photos.

Prepare to squint your eyes and look closely!...

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Heroic Russian Soldier Orders Airstrikes in His Location to Wipe Out ISIS Fighters

A Russian soldier tracking down ISIS militants in the area of Palmyra has died a hero after ordering an air strike in his location.

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A Russian soldier tracking down ISIS militants in the area of Palmyra has died a hero after ordering an air strike in his location.

The Russian special forces soldier was on a one-man mission in the area of Palmyra when he realized that he was surrounded by the militant fighters. Quick to realize his dire situation, he directed Russian bombs to his location, killing the ISIS militants and himself in the process.

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was bombed by ISIS militants in 2015

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