Scammer Makes $7.8 Million By Charging People For Online Prayers

A Seattle scam artist victimized thousands of people by charging them money for prayers online through deceptive websites that featured fake ministers. He has now been ordered by a court to stop the practice and return every penny he took from his unwitting customers.

Benjamin Rogovy was ordered to repay as much as $7.75 million to about 165,000 duped customers. According to CBS News, his websites – christianprayercenter.com and oracioncristiana.org — made money by charging people between $9 and $35 for a prayer.

His scam even included fake ministers who purportedly assisted with religious ceremonies and consultations. The websites claimed to help solve a variety of problems from cancer to foreclosures.

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Another scam website which Rogovy also ran, called the Consumer Complaint Agency, promised people to lodge complaints on their behalf. The website charged people up to $25 to forward complaints to companies.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson stated that Rogovy violated the state Consumer Protection Act after he collected over $7 million from consumers between 2011 and 2015.

What I will not tolerate is unlawful businesses that prey upon people -taking advantage of their faith or their need for help in order to make a quick buck,” Ferguson said.

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All those who bought prayer services from Rogovy’s websites between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2015 will be able to get full refunds by filing a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office until June 12, 2016.

For his complaint website, Rogovy has been ordered to repay around 40,000 victims nationwide a total of $750,000. Customers of that scam site will automatically receive refund checks.

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