Religious SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (8 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Prayer Master Zachariah”
I have received reports [from A.W.] that this SCAMmer is also using the name: “Master of Prayer Jacob”

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Supposed image of Zachariah

“The Ministries of Prayer Master Zachariah (or Jacob)

“When all The others have failed you, The prayer Master shall appear.

“Do not be alarmed, but;

“The situation I see is desperate. We have so little time. That is why I have contacted you in this urgent manner. Since you are reading this, the immediate crisis will be averted. Please pay close attention, it could be a make or break situation for some one you love.

Red Flag  # 1  “My psychic visions are indisputable. I recently witnessed in vision a dark force taking a life without justification. I fear that life belongs to someone close to you. Furthermore, I see that you have an enemy, known or unknown to you at this time. They are plotting against you. I promise you I will stop them cold!

Red Flag  # 2  “I see trouble ahead, so here is what we are going to do. There are two separate problems, and both tragedies would occur within the next 6 days. But I have taken the appropriate actions to protect you.

“I’ve enclosed a gift that will avert both disasters. It is a secret prayer first recorded on an ancient Anglo-Saxon magical charm. It will cast a circle of protection around you and all those you love for 7 days. I have already prayed this prayer 7 times in your behalf. Now it is up to you.

Red Flag  # 3  “Please do this! Open the envelope with the prayer enclosed after reading the rest of this letter. Say the prayer aloud 7 times. Repeat this again tomorrow and then destroy the paper this prayer is on. Do this and a circle of psychic protection will surround you and your loved ones.

Red Flag  # 4  “I know all about you. My psychic impressions of you are quite strong. The next 88 days are crucial for you and your happiness. Right now, you are entering a vortex of good and of evil. The pendulum can swing either way and the rest of your life is in this balance. I assure you if we take action, the pendulum will swing toward the good. I promise you with this very breath that miracles are at hand for you if only we take action.

“It is late and I am tired, but time is so precious for you right now. I will finish this letter before retiring. We have little time and I have much to share with you. Forgive me for just making a list of everything I have seen. With your indulgence, I will just put the cards on the table.

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“Here’s what you’ve been missing and why you’ve never won anything huge:

Red Flag  # 5  “7 winning numbers and the ‘Prayer for a Jackpot’. The odds against winning the big jackpot are millions to one. By combining my psychic powers with this secret magical prayer, the odds are not just reduced. The order is changed! I must get these winning numbers and magical chant to you immediately. You have 88 days time to win it all. The absolute power of this prayer can not be denied. By this I mean you can not lose!

“Are you prepared to be rich? Not everyone is.”

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Red Flag  # 6  “5 Magic Money Prayers that will put you knee deep in cash. I have witnessed five ways for you to have a never ending stream of money. Not just one but 5. Almost no one gets all 5 magic money prayers that make it rain money. Most get 2 or maybe 3, but I have seen 5 for you. Amazing how money blessed you now are. These magical prayers work for those blessed to receive them. You have my unequivacle[sic] assurance of this. Stop worrying about money now. You are already rich, you just don’t know it yet.

“Your heart will never break again.

Red Flag  # 7  “3 Magical Prayers to win the love of anyone you desire, and 2 Magical Prayers to heal marriage and bring harmony to any home. I have seen heart ache in your past. I see more in your future if you are not armed with these prayers. With them, I see you living out your life with joy.

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“I know you have asked others for help and they have left you stranded. I am surprised and maybe a touch insulted you have not reached out to me before now...”

“...All I can say is thank God we’re finally together. Because the next 88 days are going to decide whether or not you receive everything your heart desires, and for the rest of your days.

“I can absolutely prove everything I am telling you. Within 24 hours of receiving my assistance, the miracles I speak of will begin. Put me to this simple test if you have any doubt whatsoever.”

“Completely read the prophecy of your life the minute you receive it. My powers of vision are immense and unfailing gifts. Every secret you require will be revealed. Including the 7 winning numbers. Including the 5 sources of never ending cash. Including the 2 secrets of the heart.

“After reading the prophecies, break the sacred seal and cast your eyes upon the prayers of power revealed by God almighty for you. The directions will be quite simple. Recite the prayer as instructed and command that which you desire. In 24 hours, it will be yours. Others have taken my test. I never fail. That is why I can be so certain. That is why I am contacting you in such a dramatic fashion. There’s not a minute to waste.

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“Prayer card instructions

“At the direction of Prayer Master Zachariah:

“You need to follow these instructions exactly!

“Recite the prayer on the back of this aloud 7 times today.

“I suggest you do it now. Be not afraid of pronunciation as this is not your native tongue. You will put this right with the beginning invocation. You only say the invocation once and then the prayer aloud 7 times.

“Repeat the prayer aloud 7 times tomorrow as well. Again, start with the invocation.

“Then destroy this paper. Tear it or burn it.

“Back of prayer card


“God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In Your Hands I place my being. Hear this prayer said with faith and devotion. In your[sic] divine wisdom, as you[sic] must.

Prayer:(say this 7 times)
Gewaird thaitter sanu;
Ful tien winter;
tida and nu thissa;
Getimbred fram twam;
Him from afaran het;

“Everything is different now. Do you feel it? You will never again be in want. Never again be lonely or without that which you need. Because now you will know the secrets. The powerful words of God will be at your disposal. Surely you already know, “God almighty shared the word and through the word all secrets were revealed, all desires fulfilled, all miracles received.”

“When you use these prayers the results will always be the same. You will receive your desire. There is no other choice! Even as your magic prayers are revealed to you, I have already prayed them in your behalf. They will not fail you. That is why I am called the Prayer Master.

“There is more that you must know. I have seen your future. As a result, I can provide you with every prayer you will ever require. Time does not permit me to elaborate on each individually, so I will just list these prayers for you now.

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  • “The magic prayer to find a lost item.
  • “The magic prayer to win anything that you desire.
  • “The magic prayer to gain respect and admiration.
  • “The magic prayer to bring about any decision in your favor.
  • “The magic prayer to recover from a minor illness.
  • “The magic prayer to recover from a serious illness.
  • “The magic prayer to ease suffering.
  • “The magic prayer to overcome a bad habit.
  • “The magic prayer to break any curse.
  • “The magic prayer to win any lawsuit.
  • “The magic prayer for success.

“Please do not tell yourself that you will not require every one of these prayers. I have seen your future. Trust me when I say to you, you will require every single one of these prayers. There will come a time when each of these prayers will change your life. I assure you of this. All will be explained in your life prophecy that I am preparing. Trust me. I know exactly what to do. I have never fail[sic] a loved one.

“Welcome to my family. I really must close now and get to sleep. If getting this letter to you was not an emergency, I would have finished this in the morning when I normally tend to my correspondence. But we are working under a crisis time frame.”

Red Flag  # 8  “To help me with all the work I am undertaking on your behalf, I ask that you send me $25 dollars. This small gift will help in light of the sizable amount of work I am doing for you.

“I give a guarantee of results within 24 hours. Take my test immediately and all will be proven. Don’t forget to say the prayer I have sent you 7 times today and 7 times tomorrow. The tragedy will be averted as promised.

“Hurry now and complete my Intervention Request and return it to me today if possible. Let us get going on this now, there is not a minute to spare.”

Supposed signature of Zachariah

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Red Flag  # 1  Have you noticed that every “psychic” claims to be perfect? One reason is that they can never seem to “see” anything definite. They will always use, as is done here, terms like “dark force” or “someone close to you” or “known or unknown to you”. The more inexact they can be, the better chance they have of making you think they actually know something of your life. Their “psychic declarations” are so vague that they could apply to almost anyone! (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  I’m so happy to read that Mr. Zachariah has already “taken the appropriate actions”. I must admit, however, it would be much more believable if we had even a hint as to what the “tragedies” were. (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  Have you started laughing yet? Hopefully, you have, at least, smiled. This paragraph, and the one above it, are so absurd I can hardly believe this SCAMmer actually wrote it! At least it is true to the “psychic method”: it speaks of something you cannot see, touch or prove. (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  Mr. Zachariah claims to know “all about you”, yet he then says he only has “impressions” of you. Which way is it? Are you willing to send this person real money to have more vague “information” possibly sent to you? Mr. Zachariah is promising you nothing and that’s exactly what you will get from him; the SCAM letter in your hands proves that. (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  I suppose that’s why I’ve never heard of anyone winning any contests because they used his “psychic powers” and his “secret magical prayer.” It would just be too much stress on the winner! Of course, you will be able to handle all that stress, because of the healing prayers he will say for you... Oh, wait! He never says anything about prayers of healing! All he seems concerned about is wealth, materialism, winning contests! Seriously, would you rather be rich with money or good healthy? Send your your money to this SCAM and you’ll have that much less money to worry about. (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 6  Mr. Zachariah just keeps piling in on! How fantastic can it get! Not just one magical, mysterious, money-winning “prayer” but five of them! It is clear that this “Prayer Master” is excessively concerned about “ministering” to our financial needs! I would only warn you that he also expects some financial needs of his own to be satisfied by sending him some of your money first! (return to # 6 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 7  As they say on TV, "But wait!" Yes, Mr. Zachariah does not stop with solving your financial concerns, he now offers five more “Magical Prayers” for that other area of everyones life that needs fulfillment: Love! (return to # 7 Red Flag above)

I could go on pointing out red flags but I’ll limit myself to just one more. I'll simply ask you to note that Mr. Zachariah calls your $25 payment a “donation” (look at the terms on the “Intervention Request” form). That means that there is no point in asking for any kind of a refund when you realize you are not going to get anything worth that amount of money. Nor would I suggest that you try to list that $25 as a contribution on your income tax return. You might be able to count this toward any gains from gambling, however! Just check with a reputable accountant.

Red Flag  # 8  Of course, you need to send him your money, first! I can just about guarantee the check will be cashed. I’m also willing to bet you’ll never see any miracles. And I can also guarantee there will be even more letters. Most will be promising even more things but they will also require more money! After all, Mr. Zachariah still needs to eat and pay the rent. You wouldn’t expect him to use his secret powers and prayers to support himself would you?

I also find it strange that Mr. Zachariah claims there is such urgency in sending you these “prayers”. If that were true, why did he use a bulk mail method to send the letter? The obvious reason to use bulk-mail is because literally thousands of this SCAM letter were sent to the purchased mailing list he has. The only difference in each letter is the name and address of the recipient; extremely easy to do with small, consumer computers. (return to # 8 Red Flag above)

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