Saturday, July 29, 2017


If you know my position on Joel Osteen's feel good religion you know that I would have a lot of trouble defending him and his wife Victoria. But, I cannot pass this up. No one deserves to be treated this way.

Furthermore, this scam is causing a lot of people serious financial pain.

People Magazine online seems to be running this article. I am suspicious that this page is not really People Magazine. I would think that, even though they are yellow journalism, they would not risk a law suit doing this sort of thing. I have given the title of the article as is to show that these idiots have no clue about syntax:

Joel and Victoria Osteen Announces Their Resignation from Church to Focus On New Initiative

Syntax error: "Announces" should read "Announce". When you see such stupid syntax errors on Internet sites, you should know at once that you are at a scam site. That includes major media sites.

Victoria Osteen responded on her Facebook page denouncing ALL face cream ads claiming anything about her. 

Victoria Osteen We have become aware that there are websites using Victoria’s name and likeness to sell products such as beauty creams and diet pills. Please be aware that these sites are fake. Victoria does not sell or endorse any beauty or diet products. Do not buy any of these products or provide these websites with any of your bank or financial information. We have been actively working to take these sites down. Please help us stop this fraudulent activity by reporting ads and links to our customer service here:

EXAMPLE TWO of the same thing- Note the skin care product photo shopped into the graphic of the Osteens with Larry King show. The graphic was taken down, probably due to a threat of law suit by the Osteens

If this report by Ripoff Report is true, then the Osteens' effort to take down these scammers is going to be a huge task. I would be surprised if these scammers are not based outside the USA so that they cannot be easily sued.

I wondered why these scammers were using Victoria Osteen. The answer is that she is 56 years old, and she DOES have some secret to her amazing complexion. So, she is the victim. If you have a worn out complexion, rejoice. No scammer will ever use you to sell bogus face cream.

Whatever you do, NEVER buy a product with Victoria's name in the ads. She does not do any direct marketing.

The question arises..... When did this scamming start? 

Answer: Long long ago.

Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

Simon wanted to use the power of the Holy Spirit to scam the city of Samaria. I suspect he would have advertised himself thus: "I have the same power in me that Peter, John, and Philip have in them. For ten shekels I will give you the power of the Holy Ghost." Simon ended up begging Peter to pray that God would not punish him for his attempt to buy the power of God.

So, the world is not getting more wicked. The world has always been wicked. The moral is, never get involved with any man or woman who claim to have the endorsement, or power, of some other Christian.

Now, having said that, I would like to tell you about the time I spoke to Billy Graham about his key to good health and long life................. 

Er, did your eyes dilate a bit? I hope not.

UPDATED 09/03/2018


Here is another scam with the same plot. This time, it is the British royal, Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William.



Beware of sites which look like news sources but are reporting some bizarre news of secret beauty products. Also, this will most likely become endemic, and the day may come when some law will be passed criminalizing the misuse of well known people in bogus product merchandising tricks.

UPDATE 10/23/2018

The next royal to be scammed by cosmetics people is Meghan Markal, the duchess of Sussex, wife of Prince Harry. This is getting clear out of hand. I find it amazing that any company would use such tactics. They are doomed to be the joke of the century, and they don't care.