Jason L. Froebe (jfroebe) wrote,
  • Mood: pissed off

Beware: Charity Scam (Prayer by Letters)

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.
Tags: chain letter, felony, fraud, illegal, religion, scam, u.s. postal inspection service, us mail
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