Seattle “businessman” Benjamin Rogovy made millions of dollars by offering online prayers between 2011-2015. He led people to believe that ministers and religious leaders would pray for them if they paid between $9 and $35 for the service via several websites. This was convincing enough for hundreds of thousands of people to participate in the scam, netting approximately $7.8-million in the process. However, all was not as it seems, since Rogovy posed as Pastor John Carlson, complete with a LinkedIn profile. Testimonials included being able to avoid home foreclosures, wining lottery jackpots, and even being cured of terminal illnesses. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
“Investigators found that Rogovy was also bating his victims into making recurring monthly payments through his websites, which were deliberately confusing. ‘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. Between 2011 and 2015, CPC collected more than $7 million from 125,000 consumers worldwide. Some of these consumers were charged repeatedly, resulting in a total of over 400,000 transactions,” according to Oddity Central.