Religious SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (5 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Mike Murdock”

Please remember, the quotations below are from the SCAM letter of “Mike Murdock” _not_ by

Supposed image of Mike Murdock

Dear Precious Partner,

You are an answer to Prayer!

“As I prayed for God to provide us Faith-Promise Partners to share our Vision... You responded to God’s wooing and my prayer was answered...And I want to thank you!

Prayer is your greatest weapon on earth! Few people grasp prayer’s incredible potential (see Acts 4:31).

“God commanded us to pray. In His words we are to “always” pray (see Luke 18:1). He expects it daily.

“There Are Reasons For And Benefits To Praying:

  • “Prayer Is Visiting With Your Father (see Matthew 6:9-13).
  • “Prayer Is Your Key To Power (see Acts 12:5-7).
  • “Prayer Changes Your "Inner World" (see Colossians 4:2-6).
  • “Prayer Pleasures The Heart of God (see Exodus 25:22).
  • “Prayer Pleasures You (see Matthew 11:28).
  • “Prayer Blesses Others (see 1 Timothy 2:1).
  • “Prayer Opens The Door For God To Show You Great And Mighty Things (see Jeremiah 33:3)
  • “Prayer Puts Fear In The Heart of Satan, Your Adversary (see 1 Peter 5:6-11).
  • “Prayer Is The Most Powerful Way To Change The Destiny of Your Life (see 2 Chronicles 7:14)
  • “Prayer Is The Only Pathway To True Peace (see Philippians 4:6-7)
  • “Prayer Is The Pathway To Daily Strength (see Luke 22:32).

“Schedule your morning appointment in The Secret Place. It is the secret to permanent change.”

Red Flag  # 1  “We recognize you as one of our Miracles here at The Wisdom Center. Your monthly Faith-Promise to this ministry is a Seed that God is multiplying and using to provide Miracles to thousands of people andneeds around the world!

“Not only is God providing Miracles around the world...He is ready, willing and able to provide any Miracle you have need of. You Are Never As Far From A Miracle As It First Appears.

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of “Mike Murdock” _not_ by

Red Flag  # 2 There Are 5 Steps To Receiving Your Miracle:

  • “1 Name Your Desired Miracle (see Matthew 18:18-19).
  • “2 Confirm Your Scriptural Grounds For Pursuing Your Desired Miracle (see Numbers 23:19)
  • “3 Ask For The Miracle (see Matthew 7:7-8).
  • “4 Visualize Yourself With The Completed Miracle
  • “5 Never Let Go In The Night What God Has Promised In The Light.

“Miracles are for the persistent, not the wisher. Hold on to what God wants you to have. Remember you are chosen, you are blessed, you are predestined, you are accepted, you are quickened, you are seated in Heavenly places (see Ephesians 1:3-8).

God established the Miracles system...He wants it to work for you.

Go ahead...reach for your miracle!

Red Flag  # 3  “Enclosed is what I promised you...Your Faith-Promise Update. A reminder of your Seeds of Faith that are producing Miracles for others...Expect Your Miracle Today...I will be interceding daily for you and your Miracles in The Secret Place.”

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“Write me this week with your prayer concerns. I want to pray the Prayer of Agreement with you for your needs as I enter The Secret Place each day. I praise the Lord daily for your faithfulness in sowing into the work of God.

“Your Faithful Intercessor,

Supposed signature of Mike Murdock

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of “Mike Murdock” _not_ by

P.S. You will love my Gift for you! When you sow your Seed toward your Faith-Promise, write down the specific Harvest you are needing at this time. When you write me back, remember to request your Gift CD, 5 Keys To Birthing Your Daily Habit of Prayer (WCPL-85). Watch my Wisdom-Talk-of-The-Week ...24 Also, Watch Wisdom Keys with, Mike Murdock Daily on The Word Network 10:30p (est).

“Faith-Promise AGREEMENT

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“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

“Proverbs 3:9-1

Red Flag  # 4  “Dear Mike, Please Pray For The Following

  • checkbox Salvation of A Loved One 178509
  • checkbox A Change In Career 810909
  • checkbox Know The Will of God 2609
  • checkbox Financial Problems 111909
  • checkbox Depression 82809
  • checkbox A Strife-Free Home 16709
  • checkbox Overcoming Loneliness 87209
  • checkbox A Personal Weakness 23309
  • checkbox Other 3009 __________________
  • “______________________________
  • “______________________________”

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“Yes, Mike, I Am Sowing For A Miracle Change..!

  • checkbox Enclosed is my Seed-Faith Gift towards my Faith-Promise in The Wisdom Key 3000 Partnership Plan
    ($58 monthly). [$ ______]
  • checkbox Enclosed is my special Seed-Faith Gift towards my Faith-Promise of $1,000 in The Million-Soul-Club.
    [$ ______]
  • checkbox Enclosed is my $15 for The Winning 7 Book Pak (PAK-Si). [$ ______]
  • checkbox Please rush my Gift of Appreciation CD, 5 Keys To Birthing Your Daily Habit of Prayer (WCPL-85)
    [$ FREE ]
  • “TOTAL [______]
  • checkbox AMEX checkbox DISCOVER
  • checkbox VISA
  • checkbox CHECK   checkbox  MONEY ORDER
  • “CARD # ______________________
  • “EXP. DATE ______/_______
  • “TOTAL ENCLOSED $ _________
  • “(SORRY NO C.O.D.’s)

[shown in larger text than used in the SCAM letter] Red Flag  # 5  “Your Seed-Faith Offerings are used to support The Wisdom Center, and all of its programs. The Wisdom Center reserves the right to redirect funds as needed in order to carry out our charitable purpose. In the event The Wisdom Center receives more funds for the project than needed, the excess will be used for another worthy outreach. (Your transactions may be electronically deposited.)”

Please remember, the quotations above are from the SCAM letter of “Mike Murdock” _not_ by

Red Flag  # 1  You are “recognized“ because you send money on a monthly basis! Oops! Apparently, this SCAM letter was supposed to go to those already sending money. That’s why there a form asking you to send even more money. Just like all SCAMs, once you pay, you are marked as a target for even more letter. (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  Just a few lines before these “instructions” you are told that God is “providing Miracles around the world...He is ready, willing and able to provide any Miracle you have need of.” Now, you are told there are “5 Steps To Receiving Your Miracle”. I think “Mike” is just appealing to your wants rather than to your needs. He is simply using the well-worn SCAM tactic of promising to have your desires supplied. Prayer is a very important way for you to discover what God truly wants for you. That is much more important than what you want for yourself. Be extremely cautious when “religious” people promise you anything you want. That’s exactly what all SCAMs promise! (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  What Mike seems to mean by “Faith-Promise Update” is a Statement showing balance due of $1,000.00. But he also includes another suggestion to make a NEW Faith-Promise, on a monthly or annual schedule. After all, you can’t grow a large crop without lots of “seeds”! (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  Did you know that “prayers” have numbers? Do you suppose that a “prayer” just needs to mention the number to avoid the trouble of putting it in words? Talk about efficiency! I wonder how many “prayers” there are. Looks like at least 810,909. Thats the number for “A Change In Career”. I’m impressed with the technical work that Mike and his staff have developed! It appears they already have a ‘code’ for every need! (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  Isn’t it nice to know what might really be done with your “Seed-Faith offerings?” That is...just about anything Mike may want! And, oh, by the way, while you are encouraged to trust Mike with your money, he’s not so inclined to trust you with his offerings...note the “NO C.O.D.’s”, please. (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

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