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Beware: Charity Scam (Prayer by Letters) 
10th-Mar-2006 05:16 pm
blue man
I opened up my mail today and received a wonderful surprise:  a chain letter asking me to kneel on a supplied "prayer rug" to pray for whatever I desire.  I'm to send this to other people.  Next, I'm supposed to write back to the "church" and I'll receive a spiritual gift.  Well, I checked out the "Prayer by Letters" and it turns out to be a sucker scam. 

The scam works like this:  they mass mail the "prayer rugs" out to people.  Some small percentage of people will reply and will be sent a "spiritual gift" along with a request for money to help save the church.  This con artist is not affiliated with the Saint Matthews Church and is just raking in the money.

This is the same scam as reported by New Mexico Business Weekly http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/stories/2004/03/22/editorial1.html?t=printable

Chain letters are illegal.  This type of fraud is a felony.  I've reported them to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  If you get a letter from "Prayer by Letters" or a similar scam outfit, please REPORT IT.
Comments 
11th-Mar-2006 12:34 am (UTC) - Prayer letter
Since you enjoyed the prayer letter sooooo much I have some Amish friendship bread I can send your way. I have been feeding it non stop for oh about 15 years now so it should be realllllllly good.
11th-Mar-2006 01:20 am (UTC) - Re: Prayer letter
Actually, I like that Amish Friendship bread. :D It's tasty. Especially with butter on it....
11th-Mar-2006 12:47 pm (UTC) - Re: Prayer letter
Yes, but after 15 years (lol) most things are not the same as they were when you first got them.
11th-Mar-2006 01:21 am (UTC)
I just toss them in the trash.
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