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  • Submitted: Fri, August 03, 2007
  • Updated: Tue, February 24, 2009

  • Reported By:DeMotte Indiana
People United For Christ - . Peter Popoff
peterpopoff.org Upland, California U.S.A.

People United For Christ - Peter Popoff SCREWED BY GREEDY TELEVANGELIST Upland California

*Consumer Comment: PETER POPS OFF TO GET YOUR MONEY. JUST ANOTHER FRAUD, SCAMMING TELEVANGELIST!

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*Consumer Comment: Why is it?

*Consumer Comment: God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

*Consumer Comment: God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

*Consumer Comment: God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

*Consumer Comment: God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

*Consumer Comment: Desperation is what he uses against people

*Consumer Comment: Desperation is what he uses against people

*Consumer Comment: You got ripped

*Consumer Comment: FYI

*Consumer Comment: All I Can Say

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I am a 45 year old christian who made the mistake of asking for prayer from peter popoff after watching a late night "miracle Service". after about 3 weeks I got what appeared to be a handwritten letter from Popoff telling me that if I gave unselfishly to his ministry that my medical poblem would be healed miraculously also that my donation would be blessed back to me with so much that I couldn't hold it all. the letter told me that I should GENEROUSLY and Sacrificially Give to People United for Christ and that my finances would be fixed in a short time. I BELIEE THAT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD and Trusting that PETER POPOFF WAS ANSWERING PRAYER I gave my entire disability check for 2 months as a sacrificial gift. and within days got the same letter in the mail

I called Popoff's Ministry and asked for my money back and was told that GOD WOULD CURSE THOSE AGAINST POPOFF. And was told that there would be no refund. I asked about POPOFF'S promise of financial return and was told that I should take it up with GOD in prayer. I asked to talk to POPOFF and was told that he was much too busy to take phone calls from followers. What can I do to recover the 1284.00 in disability income that he fraudulently took from me? To add insult to injury I was talking to a friend who showed me the letter she got from POPOFF it was te same letter he sent me whic claimed that he was praying for me personally.

Scammedbytelevangelist
DeMotte, Indiana
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

PETER POPS OFF TO GET YOUR MONEY. JUST ANOTHER FRAUD, SCAMMING TELEVANGELIST!

AUTHOR: Joe - (U.S.A.)

HE'S BACKKKKKKKK

LEARNING NOTHING FROM HIS ORIGINAL DEBUNKING ON NATIONAL TV, THE GERMAN-BORN TELEVANGELIST WHO APPARENTLY EMERGED FROM UNDER HIS ROCK IS USING HITLER-LIKE TACTICS TO ROOK IN AND SWINDLE NEW GENERATIONS OF CHRISTIANS AND BELIEVERS WHO DO NOT REMEMBER WHY HE WENT BANKRUPT IN 1987.

PETER POPOFF AND HITLER --NEITHER ONE LEARNED FROM THEIR MISTAKES AND BELIEVED THEY WERE DIVINELY INSPIRED. THEY PROBABLY WERE BUT NOT BY THE SAME DEITY THAT MOST OF US ACKNOWLEDGE. THE SAME ONE THAT TELLS US NOT TO LIE AND STEAL AND COVET AND DO ALL OF THAT BAD STUFF THAT TELEVANGELIST FRAUDS DO AS A MATTER OF COURSE....


I DON'T KNOW WHY G*D DOES NOT STRIKE THEM DEAD FOR BLASPHEMY BUT I GUESS HE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR AND NEEDS THEM TO SEND PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BELIEVE TO OTHER RELIGIONS. IF POPOFF WAS A MUSLIM, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN BEHEADED A LONG TIME AGO OR ROTTING IN PRISON WHERE HE DEFINITELY BELONGS FOR DEFRAUDING THE POOR, IGNORANT,UNEDUCATED, THOSE DESPERATE TO BELIEVE IN G*D AND JESUS AND THOSE WHO WANT TO BELIEVE AND THOSE WHO CAN NOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RELIGION AND RIP OFF WITH POP OFF.

SAD.

PETER POPOFF HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A VERY LONG TIME... I WONDER IF HE LEARNED SOMETHING FROM ROBERT TILTON ( SEE THE RIP OFF REPORT ON HIM also in the RIP OFF REPORT!) who is another infamous TELEVANGELIST FRAUD.

WHAT IS DESCRIBED HERE IS ALMOST VERBATIM FROM ROBERT TILTON'S MALHANDLING OF PRAYER REQUESTS. THE PRAYER SISTERS OPENED THE LETTERS, EXTRACTED THE MONEY AND PUT IT INTO APPROPRIATELY LARGE CONTAINERS AND WHEN THOSE WERE FULL, THEY WERE TAKEN TO THE HOLDING AREA WHERE EVERYTHING WAS SORTED INTO THE VARIOUS DENOMINATIONS, ROLLED AND FOLDED AND BANDED AND THEN THE ARMORED CARS TOOK IT AWAY.

THE ENVELOPES THAT HELD THE PRAYER REQUESTS AND THE REQUESTS THEMSELVES WERE PUT IN GARBAGE BAGS AND GIVEN TO SECURITY --PRESUMABLY TO BE DELIVERED TO THE MAN HIMSELF--INSTEAD, THEY WERE TOSSED INTO A DUMPSTER. I GUESS THEY LOCK THOSE DUMPSTERS NOW AFTER A DISGRUNTLED FORMER WORKER SHOWED THE PRESS WHERE THOSE PRAYER REQUESTS REALLY WENT AS WELL AS THE PRAYER SISTERS WHO WERE REPLACED BY WORKERS FROM A TEMP AGENCY AS IT WAS CHEAPER TO USE TEMPS.

WHAT WAS REALLY PATHETIC WAS WHEN THE PEOPLE RAN OUT OF MONEY, THEY SENT JEWELRY AND WHATEVER THEY COULD TO PAY FOR PRAYERS NEVER SAID AND MIRACLES THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

MUCH THE SAME WAY THE SCAM PSYCHICS ARE CONSULTED FOR MIRACLES THAT CANNOT AND WILL NOT HAPPEN...

I WAS SURPRISED THAT HE WOULD HAVE THE NERVE TO COME BACK AFTER HE WAS DEBUNKED SO THOROUGHLY IN THE 198OS AND THEN I REALIZED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF GENERATIONS WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS MAN WHO WAS PROVEN TO BE A FRAUD!

THIS MAN WENT BANKRUPT IN 1987!

I WENT BACK TO MY FILES ON TELEVANGELIST FRAUDS AND FAKERS AND THIS IS WHAT I FOUND.

DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO THIS BIG CROOK!

READ THIS AND LEARN!

Peter Popoff (born July 2, 1946) is a German-born U.S. televangelist and claims to be a faith healer. He performs crusade services on national television which include laying on of hands. His ministry is based in Upland, California, and is funded through donations. A widely popular minister in the 1980s, he went bankrupt in 1987 after James Randi and Steve Shaw debunked his methods by showing that instead of receiving information about audience members from supernatural sources, he received it through his wife, via an in-ear receiver.

During his appearances at church conventions in the 1970s, Popoff routinely and accurately stated the home addresses and specific illnesses of his audience members, a feat he allowed them to believe was due to divine revelation and "God given ability". In 1986 when members of CSICOP reported that Popoff was using a radio to receive messages, Popoff denied it and said the messages came from God. At the time of his popularity, skeptic groups across the United States printed and handed out pamphlets explaining how Popoff's feats could be done.

Popoff would tell his audience that the pamphlets were "tools of the devil".

His earlier claims were debunked in 1983 when noted skeptic James Randi and his assistant, Steve Shaw, researched Popoff by attending shows across the country for months. They discovered that radio transmissions were being sent by Peter's wife, Elizabeth Popoff, where she was reading information which she and her aides (Volmer Thrane, the brother of his manager Nancy Thrane, and Reeford Sherrill) had gathered from earlier conversations with members of the audience. Popoff would simply listen to these promptings with his in-ear receiver and repeat what he heard to the crowd. After tapes of these transmissions were played on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Popoff's popularity and viewing audiences declined sharply, and his ministry declared bankruptcy later that year.

In September 1987, sixteen months after the Carson airing, Popoff declared bankruptcy with more than 790 creditors having claims against him.

As Randi explained in The Faith Healers, he originally took his research to the United States Attorney's office, but never heard back from them. This led Randi's friend Johnny Carson to invite Randi on the show to explain how Popoff operated. Popoff at first denied that he used the tactics Randi claimed even asserting "NBC hired an actress to impersonate Mrs. Popoff on a 'doctored' videotape."

However, as the media pressed with more questions, "on day three Reverend Popoff admitted the existence of the radio device, claiming, that 'almost everybody' knew about the 'communicator.' And, he added, 'My wife occasionally gives me the name of a person who needs special prayers'." However, Randi appeared on CNN previous to this claiming Popoff used a transmitter, but Popoff said this was false and he got the information from God.

Popoff's shows also featured audience members who were brought on stage in wheelchairs and then rose dramatically to walk without support. Two in particular were celebrities Kyle Ellsworth and Petrina Dy. These were some of Popoff's most incredible "healings", but what believing audience members and television viewers did not know was that wheelchairs were used by Popoff to seat people who were already able to walk.

Popoff wrote several paperbacks in the early 1980s that were published by Faith Messenger Publications but are now out of print. He was also known for collecting donations to be sent to the Soviet Union, which earned him a profit from a fraud scheme.

In 1991, NOVA's episode Secrets of the Psychics aired footage of Popoff with his wife's radio transmission dubbed in. Since then, that episode was released on video to teach critical thinking.

In 1998, the Washington Post reported, Popoff's following disappeared after he was exposed by Randi, but Popoff "joined dozens of other preachers to become fixtures on BET."Consequently, Popoff along with Don Stewart and Robert Tilton received "criticism from those who say that preachers with a long trail of disillusioned followers have no place on a network that holds itself out as a model of entrepreneurship for the black community."

Currently Popoff's infomercials can be seen late nights and early mornings in the U.S. and Canada on BET, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel (TLC), Global Television, TV One, The Word Network and Vision TV. This includes television in the Australia on Nine, in the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Since his return to television, there have been several reports of Popoff gaining financially from donations. Some people have received several letters from Popoff, with each succeeding letter asking for more money than the last. A 2006 report from Fox affiliate WDAF-TV in Kansas City revealed that Popoff's salary in 2004 was over $500,000, and his assets include a 2006 Porsche convertible worth $90,000. Some reporters are urging those who have donated money to Popoff in hopes of receiving "miracles" to report to the Attorney General in their state.

In 2005, KPRC-TV brought hidden cameras to a "People United For Christ" event and were caught by Popoff's bodyguards and escorted out as one man tried to take a reporter's driver's license.

In February 2007, Inside Edition did an expos on his continued faith healing and "Miracle Spring Water." The show explained that his new television programs feature him "healing the sick" in a manner identical to his method prior to James Randi's expos. The investigation led by Matt Meagher featured clips from the infamous Carson show, an interview with Randi, and Inside Edition seeking comment from Popoff. Meagher confronted Popoff as he got into his Porsche, but was smashed as Popoff attempted to shut the door of the car against him. Asking Popoff why he took thousands of dollars from a desperate married couple, Popoff refused to answer questions and declined to be interviewed. The interview ended with Randi saying "flim flam is his profession; that's what he does best. He's very good at it, and naturally he's going to go back to it."

In May 2007, ABC's 20/20 focused on Popoff's "comeback" and explored the lives of a few people who felt cheated. Various media outlets have ran stories critical of Popoff's "comeback". In July 2008, a Nanaimo, Canada resident was reimbursed by Popoff after the woman took her concerns over his fundraising public.

ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WERE CHEATED???WITH THE KIND OF MONEY HE MADE?

In 2008, the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given serious warnings to broadcasters for transmitting Popoff's material, which the regulator felt promoted his products "in such a way as to target potential susceptible and vulnerable viewers". These programs have included offers of free "Miracle Manna" that can allegedly provide health and financial miracles. If viewers asked for the "manna", they were sent letters asking for money.

THESE GUYS ALL HAVE SOME SORT OF GIMMICK TO ROOK IN THE IGNORANT, UNEDUCATED, DESPERATE AND IGNORANT! THEY OUGHT TO BE ROTTING IN HELL BECAUSE OF ALL THE INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BELIEVE AND AFTER THEY GET ALL THEIR MONEY STOLEN THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE GIVING IN TRIBUTE TO G*D -- THEY WILL HAVE TROUBLE BELIEVING IN THE REAL GOSPEL AGAIN.

At Popoff's peak in 1987, according to his comptroller, he took in $4.3 million a month.

After his exposure on the Tonight show he declared bankruptcy in 1987.

According to Charity Navigator, in FYE 2004, Peter Popoff received $548,167 as president of his organization and the Peter Popoff Ministries raised $16,220,066 in revenue in FYE 2004.
Then in FYE 2005, Popoff received $628,732, his wife Elizabeth received $203,029, his son received $182,166, and daughter received $176,290 with $23,556,469 in revenue. These figures are from IRS documents, which "only outline the millions of dollars people give Popoff's organization in the US."
YOU CAN BET THERE ARE A LOT MORE DOLLARS AND OTHER VALUABLE ITEMS THAT HE DOESN'T REPORT BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE TO. HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A MINISTER, A HUMBLE SERVANT OF G*D, HELPER OF THE POOR AND HE IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A TAX-EXEMPTION.

HE IS SCUM.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Popoff Ripoff, same thing

AUTHOR: Randy M - (Canada)

Wow.

Peter Popoff (the self proclaimed faith healer) made $4.2 million a MONTH according to IRS records back in 1987. His money comes from donations sent to him by his religious followers. I just watched a portion of his scam today on the television.

Peter Popoff is the father of Nick Popoff from Kelly Media Group. Kelly Media also happens to have designed Peter Popoff's Ministry website. Coincidentally the donations made from Popoff's religious website use Jason Cardiff's merchant account (jason.cardiff@earthlink.net) Jason Cardiff is, surprise, the son in law of Peter Popoff.


Cardiff is the guy who proceeds to brag about his mail order business on Youtube, while being 'interviewed' and 'hailed' by an unknown person shakily holding a camcorder. It is clearly orchestrated.


It seems the entire family is getting a piece of the pie and getting rich from this fraud. Peter Popoff owns a $100,000 Ferrari, $2.1 million house, $4 million a month... and will a dime of it ever see the poor people?

Well we could ask the needy people from the Soviet Union who failed to see a dime of the money Popoff requested his viewers send them.

Or we could ask the people who order a "FREE" bible or holy water from Popoff and are then asked to sprinke what amounts to table-salt on a cheque for $27 and mail it to Popoff. So much for being FREE :)

Yes, the Popoff's are the lowest form of life on the Earth. Peter's wife was caught using a wireless radio to transmit the names, addresses and ailments of people in his faith healing audience. Peter had an earpiece which allowed him to receive these broadcasts and knew (by speaking to God of course) everything about the audience.

Peter denied this allegation after being exposed on the Johnny Carson show. He claimed that it was an actress who was hired by NBC to be used in the video. 3 days later Peter admitted it was a fraud and ended up declaring bankruptcy.

Is it any surprise that the Kelly Media Group deals in direct marketing. Anyone who leaves their name and address on Popoff's toll free ministry line, received a letter that is mass produced, with a free piece of junk like holy water, and is then asked to send in the MONEY.... this comes from, surprise, Kelly Media Group.

Read what Wikipedia has to say about the Popoff's:

His (Popoff's) earlier claims were debunked in 1983 when noted skeptic James Randi and his assistant, Steve Shaw, researched Popoff by attending shows across the country for months. They discovered that radio transmissions were being sent by Peter's wife, Elizabeth Popoff, where she was reading information which she and her aides (Volmer Thrane, the brother of his manager Nancy Thrane, and Reeford Sherrill) had gathered from earlier conversations with members of the audience.

Popoff would simply listen to these promptings with his in-ear receiver and repeat what he heard to the crowd. After tapes of these transmissions were played on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Popoff's popularity and viewing audiences declined sharply, and his ministry declared bankruptcy later that year.[1]

In September 1987, sixteen months after the Carson airing, Popoff declared bankruptcy with more than 790 creditors having claims against him.[4]
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Popoff Ripoff, same thing

AUTHOR: Randy M - (Canada)

Wow.

Peter Popoff (the self proclaimed faith healer) made $4.2 million a MONTH according to IRS records back in 1987. His money comes from donations sent to him by his religious followers. I just watched a portion of his scam today on the television.

Peter Popoff is the father of Nick Popoff from Kelly Media Group. Kelly Media also happens to have designed Peter Popoff's Ministry website. Coincidentally the donations made from Popoff's religious website use Jason Cardiff's merchant account (jason.cardiff@earthlink.net) Jason Cardiff is, surprise, the son in law of Peter Popoff.


Cardiff is the guy who proceeds to brag about his mail order business on Youtube, while being 'interviewed' and 'hailed' by an unknown person shakily holding a camcorder. It is clearly orchestrated.


It seems the entire family is getting a piece of the pie and getting rich from this fraud. Peter Popoff owns a $100,000 Ferrari, $2.1 million house, $4 million a month... and will a dime of it ever see the poor people?

Well we could ask the needy people from the Soviet Union who failed to see a dime of the money Popoff requested his viewers send them.

Or we could ask the people who order a "FREE" bible or holy water from Popoff and are then asked to sprinke what amounts to table-salt on a cheque for $27 and mail it to Popoff. So much for being FREE :)

Yes, the Popoff's are the lowest form of life on the Earth. Peter's wife was caught using a wireless radio to transmit the names, addresses and ailments of people in his faith healing audience. Peter had an earpiece which allowed him to receive these broadcasts and knew (by speaking to God of course) everything about the audience.

Peter denied this allegation after being exposed on the Johnny Carson show. He claimed that it was an actress who was hired by NBC to be used in the video. 3 days later Peter admitted it was a fraud and ended up declaring bankruptcy.

Is it any surprise that the Kelly Media Group deals in direct marketing. Anyone who leaves their name and address on Popoff's toll free ministry line, received a letter that is mass produced, with a free piece of junk like holy water, and is then asked to send in the MONEY.... this comes from, surprise, Kelly Media Group.

Read what Wikipedia has to say about the Popoff's:

His (Popoff's) earlier claims were debunked in 1983 when noted skeptic James Randi and his assistant, Steve Shaw, researched Popoff by attending shows across the country for months. They discovered that radio transmissions were being sent by Peter's wife, Elizabeth Popoff, where she was reading information which she and her aides (Volmer Thrane, the brother of his manager Nancy Thrane, and Reeford Sherrill) had gathered from earlier conversations with members of the audience.

Popoff would simply listen to these promptings with his in-ear receiver and repeat what he heard to the crowd. After tapes of these transmissions were played on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Popoff's popularity and viewing audiences declined sharply, and his ministry declared bankruptcy later that year.[1]

In September 1987, sixteen months after the Carson airing, Popoff declared bankruptcy with more than 790 creditors having claims against him.[4]
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Popoff Ripoff, same thing

AUTHOR: Randy M - (Canada)

Wow.

Peter Popoff (the self proclaimed faith healer) made $4.2 million a MONTH according to IRS records back in 1987. His money comes from donations sent to him by his religious followers. I just watched a portion of his scam today on the television.

Peter Popoff is the father of Nick Popoff from Kelly Media Group. Kelly Media also happens to have designed Peter Popoff's Ministry website. Coincidentally the donations made from Popoff's religious website use Jason Cardiff's merchant account (jason.cardiff@earthlink.net) Jason Cardiff is, surprise, the son in law of Peter Popoff.


Cardiff is the guy who proceeds to brag about his mail order business on Youtube, while being 'interviewed' and 'hailed' by an unknown person shakily holding a camcorder. It is clearly orchestrated.


It seems the entire family is getting a piece of the pie and getting rich from this fraud. Peter Popoff owns a $100,000 Ferrari, $2.1 million house, $4 million a month... and will a dime of it ever see the poor people?

Well we could ask the needy people from the Soviet Union who failed to see a dime of the money Popoff requested his viewers send them.

Or we could ask the people who order a "FREE" bible or holy water from Popoff and are then asked to sprinke what amounts to table-salt on a cheque for $27 and mail it to Popoff. So much for being FREE :)

Yes, the Popoff's are the lowest form of life on the Earth. Peter's wife was caught using a wireless radio to transmit the names, addresses and ailments of people in his faith healing audience. Peter had an earpiece which allowed him to receive these broadcasts and knew (by speaking to God of course) everything about the audience.

Peter denied this allegation after being exposed on the Johnny Carson show. He claimed that it was an actress who was hired by NBC to be used in the video. 3 days later Peter admitted it was a fraud and ended up declaring bankruptcy.

Is it any surprise that the Kelly Media Group deals in direct marketing. Anyone who leaves their name and address on Popoff's toll free ministry line, received a letter that is mass produced, with a free piece of junk like holy water, and is then asked to send in the MONEY.... this comes from, surprise, Kelly Media Group.

Read what Wikipedia has to say about the Popoff's:

His (Popoff's) earlier claims were debunked in 1983 when noted skeptic James Randi and his assistant, Steve Shaw, researched Popoff by attending shows across the country for months. They discovered that radio transmissions were being sent by Peter's wife, Elizabeth Popoff, where she was reading information which she and her aides (Volmer Thrane, the brother of his manager Nancy Thrane, and Reeford Sherrill) had gathered from earlier conversations with members of the audience.

Popoff would simply listen to these promptings with his in-ear receiver and repeat what he heard to the crowd. After tapes of these transmissions were played on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Popoff's popularity and viewing audiences declined sharply, and his ministry declared bankruptcy later that year.[1]

In September 1987, sixteen months after the Carson airing, Popoff declared bankruptcy with more than 790 creditors having claims against him.[4]
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Popoff Ripoff, same thing

AUTHOR: Randy M - (Canada)

Wow.

Peter Popoff (the self proclaimed faith healer) made $4.2 million a MONTH according to IRS records back in 1987. His money comes from donations sent to him by his religious followers. I just watched a portion of his scam today on the television.

Peter Popoff is the father of Nick Popoff from Kelly Media Group. Kelly Media also happens to have designed Peter Popoff's Ministry website. Coincidentally the donations made from Popoff's religious website use Jason Cardiff's merchant account (jason.cardiff@earthlink.net) Jason Cardiff is, surprise, the son in law of Peter Popoff.


Cardiff is the guy who proceeds to brag about his mail order business on Youtube, while being 'interviewed' and 'hailed' by an unknown person shakily holding a camcorder. It is clearly orchestrated.


It seems the entire family is getting a piece of the pie and getting rich from this fraud. Peter Popoff owns a $100,000 Ferrari, $2.1 million house, $4 million a month... and will a dime of it ever see the poor people?

Well we could ask the needy people from the Soviet Union who failed to see a dime of the money Popoff requested his viewers send them.

Or we could ask the people who order a "FREE" bible or holy water from Popoff and are then asked to sprinke what amounts to table-salt on a cheque for $27 and mail it to Popoff. So much for being FREE :)

Yes, the Popoff's are the lowest form of life on the Earth. Peter's wife was caught using a wireless radio to transmit the names, addresses and ailments of people in his faith healing audience. Peter had an earpiece which allowed him to receive these broadcasts and knew (by speaking to God of course) everything about the audience.

Peter denied this allegation after being exposed on the Johnny Carson show. He claimed that it was an actress who was hired by NBC to be used in the video. 3 days later Peter admitted it was a fraud and ended up declaring bankruptcy.

Is it any surprise that the Kelly Media Group deals in direct marketing. Anyone who leaves their name and address on Popoff's toll free ministry line, received a letter that is mass produced, with a free piece of junk like holy water, and is then asked to send in the MONEY.... this comes from, surprise, Kelly Media Group.

Read what Wikipedia has to say about the Popoff's:

His (Popoff's) earlier claims were debunked in 1983 when noted skeptic James Randi and his assistant, Steve Shaw, researched Popoff by attending shows across the country for months. They discovered that radio transmissions were being sent by Peter's wife, Elizabeth Popoff, where she was reading information which she and her aides (Volmer Thrane, the brother of his manager Nancy Thrane, and Reeford Sherrill) had gathered from earlier conversations with members of the audience.

Popoff would simply listen to these promptings with his in-ear receiver and repeat what he heard to the crowd. After tapes of these transmissions were played on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Popoff's popularity and viewing audiences declined sharply, and his ministry declared bankruptcy later that year.[1]

In September 1987, sixteen months after the Carson airing, Popoff declared bankruptcy with more than 790 creditors having claims against him.[4]
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Why is it?

AUTHOR: Scott - (U.S.A.)

Why is it that when someone's doctrine fails they always accuse the listener of not having faith, not having enough faith or not having a pure motive?

It is high time that Pastors, televangelists and others claiming to be Christian walk the talk.

Christianity in America is a joke of a religion. I know, after 36 years of being a Christian, I will no longer call myself one, that is how bad it is.

This Popoff character and others like him need to be excommunicated and denied the right to call themselves Christians.
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God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

AUTHOR: Beauty For Ashes - (U.S.A.)

I do realize there have been many scams by televangelists, such as Robert Tilton who asked those watching to lay their hands on the screen and make a vow. Well, in 1987, I did just that, not realizing he was a false prophet. God blessed me yet, because of my faith at the time. I was at the end of the end and believed GOD to move in my life, not Robert Tilton. From then on, I truly had miracle after miracle, even come to my door, at a time of great need. Remember Christians, there is no power or anything in the recipient that determines God's blessings to you. It is your faith and belief in Jesus Christ, Himself, that determines your blessings, coming and going.

Of course though, when I found out Tilton was a fraud, I stopped giving to his ministry.

If you want to get back the money you lost, file a complaint with your state's Attorney General's office.

Don't beat yourself up because you gave to a ministry that is MAYBE, I have to say, fraudulent. Hearsay is cheap, and people love dirt, gossip, and hearsay. God will still bless you if you gave from a cheerful heart, that is, if you believe He will.

When I was a pastor's wife, I went to a Benny Hinn convention, against my will. I had friends around me who were so disappointed that Benny Hinn did not reach them and lay hands on them. There is no man on earth that is a healer, only God can heal. This is what I told them, "Call out unto God, not Benny, and He will give you the desires of your heart. God hears the cries of our heart. Cry out to God, not man."

I am also disabled and have seen the hand of God's provision in my life. Remember, Benny Hinn is not the healer, Peter Popoff is not the healer, and David Epsey is not the healer, but my Jesus.....He is the healer, and did so at the cross when He made a way of escape from this dark world of no hope, but unto salvation and eternal life to all those who believe in Him and do His will.

If you gave with a right heart unto God, and not unto man, He will bless you and give you wisdom in your future decisions. Do not condemn yourself for making a foolish decision and do not, by all means, condemn Peter Popoff, and lose your own personal blessings from God, who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The Bible says to "bless those who despitefully use you..." Do so, and see God move in your life.

Blessings to you and yours...

Beauty for Ashes
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God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

AUTHOR: Beauty For Ashes - (U.S.A.)

I do realize there have been many scams by televangelists, such as Robert Tilton who asked those watching to lay their hands on the screen and make a vow. Well, in 1987, I did just that, not realizing he was a false prophet. God blessed me yet, because of my faith at the time. I was at the end of the end and believed GOD to move in my life, not Robert Tilton. From then on, I truly had miracle after miracle, even come to my door, at a time of great need. Remember Christians, there is no power or anything in the recipient that determines God's blessings to you. It is your faith and belief in Jesus Christ, Himself, that determines your blessings, coming and going.

Of course though, when I found out Tilton was a fraud, I stopped giving to his ministry.

If you want to get back the money you lost, file a complaint with your state's Attorney General's office.

Don't beat yourself up because you gave to a ministry that is MAYBE, I have to say, fraudulent. Hearsay is cheap, and people love dirt, gossip, and hearsay. God will still bless you if you gave from a cheerful heart, that is, if you believe He will.

When I was a pastor's wife, I went to a Benny Hinn convention, against my will. I had friends around me who were so disappointed that Benny Hinn did not reach them and lay hands on them. There is no man on earth that is a healer, only God can heal. This is what I told them, "Call out unto God, not Benny, and He will give you the desires of your heart. God hears the cries of our heart. Cry out to God, not man."

I am also disabled and have seen the hand of God's provision in my life. Remember, Benny Hinn is not the healer, Peter Popoff is not the healer, and David Epsey is not the healer, but my Jesus.....He is the healer, and did so at the cross when He made a way of escape from this dark world of no hope, but unto salvation and eternal life to all those who believe in Him and do His will.

If you gave with a right heart unto God, and not unto man, He will bless you and give you wisdom in your future decisions. Do not condemn yourself for making a foolish decision and do not, by all means, condemn Peter Popoff, and lose your own personal blessings from God, who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The Bible says to "bless those who despitefully use you..." Do so, and see God move in your life.

Blessings to you and yours...

Beauty for Ashes
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God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

AUTHOR: Beauty For Ashes - (U.S.A.)

I do realize there have been many scams by televangelists, such as Robert Tilton who asked those watching to lay their hands on the screen and make a vow. Well, in 1987, I did just that, not realizing he was a false prophet. God blessed me yet, because of my faith at the time. I was at the end of the end and believed GOD to move in my life, not Robert Tilton. From then on, I truly had miracle after miracle, even come to my door, at a time of great need. Remember Christians, there is no power or anything in the recipient that determines God's blessings to you. It is your faith and belief in Jesus Christ, Himself, that determines your blessings, coming and going.

Of course though, when I found out Tilton was a fraud, I stopped giving to his ministry.

If you want to get back the money you lost, file a complaint with your state's Attorney General's office.

Don't beat yourself up because you gave to a ministry that is MAYBE, I have to say, fraudulent. Hearsay is cheap, and people love dirt, gossip, and hearsay. God will still bless you if you gave from a cheerful heart, that is, if you believe He will.

When I was a pastor's wife, I went to a Benny Hinn convention, against my will. I had friends around me who were so disappointed that Benny Hinn did not reach them and lay hands on them. There is no man on earth that is a healer, only God can heal. This is what I told them, "Call out unto God, not Benny, and He will give you the desires of your heart. God hears the cries of our heart. Cry out to God, not man."

I am also disabled and have seen the hand of God's provision in my life. Remember, Benny Hinn is not the healer, Peter Popoff is not the healer, and David Epsey is not the healer, but my Jesus.....He is the healer, and did so at the cross when He made a way of escape from this dark world of no hope, but unto salvation and eternal life to all those who believe in Him and do His will.

If you gave with a right heart unto God, and not unto man, He will bless you and give you wisdom in your future decisions. Do not condemn yourself for making a foolish decision and do not, by all means, condemn Peter Popoff, and lose your own personal blessings from God, who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The Bible says to "bless those who despitefully use you..." Do so, and see God move in your life.

Blessings to you and yours...

Beauty for Ashes
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God blesses those who give with a cheerful heart.....do not condemn yourself or Popoff

AUTHOR: Beauty For Ashes - (U.S.A.)

I do realize there have been many scams by televangelists, such as Robert Tilton who asked those watching to lay their hands on the screen and make a vow. Well, in 1987, I did just that, not realizing he was a false prophet. God blessed me yet, because of my faith at the time. I was at the end of the end and believed GOD to move in my life, not Robert Tilton. From then on, I truly had miracle after miracle, even come to my door, at a time of great need. Remember Christians, there is no power or anything in the recipient that determines God's blessings to you. It is your faith and belief in Jesus Christ, Himself, that determines your blessings, coming and going.

Of course though, when I found out Tilton was a fraud, I stopped giving to his ministry.

If you want to get back the money you lost, file a complaint with your state's Attorney General's office.

Don't beat yourself up because you gave to a ministry that is MAYBE, I have to say, fraudulent. Hearsay is cheap, and people love dirt, gossip, and hearsay. God will still bless you if you gave from a cheerful heart, that is, if you believe He will.

When I was a pastor's wife, I went to a Benny Hinn convention, against my will. I had friends around me who were so disappointed that Benny Hinn did not reach them and lay hands on them. There is no man on earth that is a healer, only God can heal. This is what I told them, "Call out unto God, not Benny, and He will give you the desires of your heart. God hears the cries of our heart. Cry out to God, not man."

I am also disabled and have seen the hand of God's provision in my life. Remember, Benny Hinn is not the healer, Peter Popoff is not the healer, and David Epsey is not the healer, but my Jesus.....He is the healer, and did so at the cross when He made a way of escape from this dark world of no hope, but unto salvation and eternal life to all those who believe in Him and do His will.

If you gave with a right heart unto God, and not unto man, He will bless you and give you wisdom in your future decisions. Do not condemn yourself for making a foolish decision and do not, by all means, condemn Peter Popoff, and lose your own personal blessings from God, who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The Bible says to "bless those who despitefully use you..." Do so, and see God move in your life.

Blessings to you and yours...

Beauty for Ashes
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#11 Consumer Comment

Desperation is what he uses against people

AUTHOR: Mad - (Canada)

Desperation is what he uses against people, I know, I too was so Desperate for any relief from the pain I suffer every day I called and got his wonderful Hand Written letter which by the way is actually a font that any computer will print out. I was asked to send all kinds of money too and as soon as I saw this no matter how desperate I am, I knew GOD does not want my money to answer my prayers.

I ignored any other letters that came which was in the 17- 18 count last time I looked. His scam has been around for years and when he was busted back in the 80 he vanished for a time. What completely amazes me is that this SOB is aloud to continue to rip people off.

Why law forces can't stop this type of stuff from going on blows my mind. I have ordered on line many times and it seems every time I ordered from with in the usa I have to cancle my credit card because of some scam or attempts the company I ordered from trying to add on other expenses with out my permission.

I guess welcome to the land of the schemers and manipulators should be the good Ole usa's new slogan cause thats all I see coming from the states is RIP off artists and sub standard products.

God loves the usa? more like the criminal artists love the usa!
I see no GOD just Scams and garbage pouring out from the good Ole usa.
Americans think "their the best, they're The strongest and they're on top of the world" Wow you should be on the out side looking in it sure looks differant to any one who doesn't have to live there lol.
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Desperation is what he uses against people

AUTHOR: Mad - (Canada)

Desperation is what he uses against people, I know, I too was so Desperate for any relief from the pain I suffer every day I called and got his wonderful Hand Written letter which by the way is actually a font that any computer will print out. I was asked to send all kinds of money too and as soon as I saw this no matter how desperate I am, I knew GOD does not want my money to answer my prayers.

I ignored any other letters that came which was in the 17- 18 count last time I looked. His scam has been around for years and when he was busted back in the 80 he vanished for a time. What completely amazes me is that this SOB is aloud to continue to rip people off.

Why law forces can't stop this type of stuff from going on blows my mind. I have ordered on line many times and it seems every time I ordered from with in the usa I have to cancle my credit card because of some scam or attempts the company I ordered from trying to add on other expenses with out my permission.

I guess welcome to the land of the schemers and manipulators should be the good Ole usa's new slogan cause thats all I see coming from the states is RIP off artists and sub standard products.

God loves the usa? more like the criminal artists love the usa!
I see no GOD just Scams and garbage pouring out from the good Ole usa.
Americans think "their the best, they're The strongest and they're on top of the world" Wow you should be on the out side looking in it sure looks differant to any one who doesn't have to live there lol.
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#13 Consumer Comment

You got ripped

AUTHOR: Alan - (U.S.A.)

You will never see your money, you sent it to them and they are not about to send it back... But you will get many more letters wanting more.. Welcome to the biggest scam in history
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#14 Consumer Comment

FYI

AUTHOR: John - (U.S.A.)

What can I do to recover the 1284.00 in disability income that he fraudulently took from me?
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Probably not a lot...you could try the usual routes...the BBB or maybe the attorney general...Perhaps a local TV station would consider doing a segment on this considering that you are disabled. The threat of this might encourage them to refund your money.

It's the year 2007 and I would hope that it would be common knowledge that televangelists are mostly scam artists who are after your money. Popoff isn't holding the right hand of God...acting as God's treasury secretary to tell God to answer prayers according to how much money was given.
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#15 Consumer Comment

All I Can Say

AUTHOR: Cory - (U.S.A.)

Televangelist=Greedy. Except maybe for Billy Graham who seems to be a genuine person. At least what I've seen and heard of him. There are probably one or two others.
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