Lakewood Church is warning the public about a fake Joel Osteen Ministries account that is offering prayers in return for large monthly donations.
In a message posted Wednesday on their Facebook page, the Texas-based megachurch warned people that a Joel Osteen Ministries page soliciting donations for prayer requests is fake.
“Joel Osteen Ministries never requests money for prayer. You can post your prayer requests here as well as pray for others: c.osteen.co/prayers,” stated the church, whose warning has gotten nearly 700 shares and over 1,200 likes on Facebook.
Lakewood Church posted the message that the scam account was sending, with large red letters reading “FAKE” plastered on top of it.
The scam account messages people on Facebook, telling them that their “prayer request account” can only be activated if they donate $24.99 each month, which gives access to three prayer requests a month.
The scam message goes on to state that to become a “Platinum Prayer Request member,” a person must donate $49.99 a month. In return, they would get more prayer requests.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski