SEC says "Social Capitalist" is really a Ponzi Scammer scamming churchgoers
SEC / prosecutors went after Puerto Rican Evangelical Ponzi
SoCal Korean Pastor stole millions from his flock, fled to Korea
Toronto Husband/Wife Pastors Operated Ponzi with money from flock
Which makes you wonder, are religious people more... gullible and thus, more vulnerable to scams?
The answer is very likely yes, according to a latest study on children.
|Children praying at Delanco Camp |
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The study concluded that children who were brought up religious has a harder time tellin
g what stories are utter fantasy (i.e. not real, fictional) vs. what are real, according to a recent study.
The results suggest that exposure to religious ideas has a powerful impact on children's differentiation between reality and fiction, not just for religious stories but also for fantastical stories.
Thus, one can reliably say that there are evidence that suggest religion makes people MORE susceptible to scams.
Another point to make is all religions have specific punishments for scammers. Islam has the broadest prohibitions, with prohibitions on any games of chance, or even speculation, and much more. Christianity have Ten Commandments, many of which deal with envy, theft, and cheat.
But are they enough to deter the scammers? Apparently not enough.
If you are religious, you need to do EXTRA due diligence, and be skeptical to claims. That's how you compensate for your potential blindspot to the fantastical claims.