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Rip-Off Alert: Scammers pray you fall for fake account

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 7/11/2013 10:48 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- In this Rip-Off Alert, the Better Business Bureau says social media sites are impersonating popular church leaders.

For example, a Facebook poster pretended to be televangelist Joel Osteen.

Once the imposter gained a following, they ask for donations to fill their own wallets.

The BBB found that the charity didn't exist -- the whole account was a scam.

To avoid these scams, follow these suggestions:
  • Perform a quick search on the site before you friend someone.
  • Look up the charity before giving.
  • If the account is fake, don't like, comment or share the site -- it just spreads the problem.
  • Report the fake account so the website can take action.
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