Publishers Clearing House is a deceptive scam!

Yes my friends…, Publishers Clearing House and their $5,000 for life sweepstakes are a real con job.

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At the end of all of their ads encouraging us all to enter their sweepstakes, we hear the words “no purchase required to enter,” or “no purchase necessary.”

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I’m here to tell you I don’t believe this is true.

At least I don’t believe that this is “reasonably” true.

What do I mean by that?

What I mean is I’ve been trying to enter the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes at pch.com, (I mean if it’s free, why not?) but after visiting the site and jumping through all of their hoops and then receiving emails and then jumping through more hoops and then receiving emails and then jumping through more hoops over and over again…, I have still been unable to actually enter the sweepstakes.

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It’s been very frustrating and a big waste of time.

It’s been almost a month now, and I see emails everyday telling me I’m not “entered” yet, and that I need to visit their site again to complete my registration.

It’s my belief that I will continue to see this pattern up and until I finally purchase something off of their site, at which time I might actually be allowed to enter their contest.

Here is an example of one of the many follow-up emails I have received from Publishers Clearing House:

 

**ACTION REQUIRED**

AVOID RISK OF SEVERE CONSEQUENCES

ACT NOW!

$5,OOO.OO A WEEK ‘FOREVER’ AT STAKE!

The #1 reason why people lose out on the fortune of not one, but two lifetimes is failure to timely enter and secure a prize number that turns out to be the winning number. With $5,OOO.OO A Week “Forever” guaranteed for award in just weeks, Gregg, consequences like this would be severe. Take action before it’s too late.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

ACTION REQUIRED FOR

MrEricksonRules’

Forthcoming Prize Number

RE: $5,OOO.OO A WEEK “FOREVER”

GUARANTEED FOR AWARD!

STRICT DEADLINE IN EFFECT

 

Dear MrEricksonRules,

I’m happy to tell you that it will become yours — a prize number that could win you the $5,OOO.OO A Week “Forever” prize that’s guaranteed for award this December — if you act promptly. This Notice will end up expiring, along with your eligibility to win “forever” from it. Since Winner Selection is imminent in the last of a series of drawings for Gwy. No. 13OOO, we feel it’s important that you are aware:

 

INACTION CAN HAVE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES

 

Mr. Erickson, we’ve had countless people who lost out on big money because they didn’t respond as urged. DON’T RISK LETTING THAT HAPPEN TO YOU.

 

Please note, a strict deadline is in place for this Notice. Failure to timely respond will RESULT IN PERMANENT FORFEITURE OF ANY MONEY THAT COULD BE WON BY YOU HERE.

 

What we need from you: All you have to do to claim this $5,OOO.OO A Week “Forever” Prize Number is continue on and enter by the deadline indicated in the Official Rules.

 

PLEASE RESPOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ACT NOW!

Sincerely,

Deborah Holland

Executive Vice President

 

ACTION REQUIRED!

 

I’ve responded to more than a few emails like this and I just keep receiving more after I have jumped through their marketing hoops to what I believe is their satisfaction.

If anyone out there has managed to successfully enter the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, WITHOUT PURCHASING SOMETHING FROM THEM FIRST, I’d like to hear from you.

I personally have doubts that this can actually be done…, or at least be reasonably done.

Live and learn.

Hey…, is PCH a division of the DNC?  That would make a lot of sense.

I could totally see Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler or Chuck Schumer as spokespeople for this scam.  They can all lie at the drop of a hat, with straight faces, and without any problem!

Or how about the scam being perpetrated by the democrat presidential candidates with all of their proposals for “free” this or “free” that?

C’mon now…, we all know nothing is “free.”

And what about Nancy Pelosi you say?

I guess even Publishers Clearing House has to draw the line somewhere!

 

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If money is the roof of all evil, these televangelists are EEEEEVIL!

…, at least from a Christian perspective…, since all of these “pastors of the mass media” preach from a Biblical basis supposedly.

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Let’s take a look at the 8 richest “TV preachers,” from #8 up to #1.

You may be amazed to find out how good a business “selling salvation” can be!

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#8.  Pastor Joyce Meyers, net worth $8+ million.

She owns a private jet and several homes, as well as shiny $107,000 silver Mercedes.  Hey…, it beats riding a donkey I guess!

#7.  Bishop T.D. Jakes, net worth $18 million.

T.D. Jakes spoke at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009 and accompanied President George W. Bush to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  So he’s a “swampy” kind of bishop!

Jakes founded The Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch. His sermons can be seen on Trinity Broadcasting Network and other religious channels.

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#6. Franklin Graham, net worth $25 million.

Although Franklin Graham is an evangelist and son of well-known pastor Billy Graham, he didn’t even convert to Christianity until he was 22 years old!  Interesting.  I guess he finally figured out what “buttered his bread.”

#5. Pastor Creflo Dollar, net worth $27 million.

As his last name suggests, televangelist Creflo Dollar has amassed some riches, and he has the possessions to prove it. Dollar is the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International, based in Fulton County, Georgia. In 2007, he had a congregation of 30,000 as well as $69 million in cash collection revenue. Dollar preaches his philosophy that “it is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.”

And when he says “you” he means “me!”

#4. Joel Osteen, net worth $40 million.

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Joel Osteen is pastor at Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in America. Weekly attendance at the Houston-based church is 52,000. In 1999, Osteen, now 54, inherited the church and its television ministry from his late father John Osteen. Today, 7 million people in 100 different countries watch Lakewood Church broadcasts every week.

He and his wife, co-pastor Victoria Osteen, live with their two kids in a $10.5 million mansion in the Houston suburbs.

#3. Benny Hinn, net worth $60 million.

Benny Hinn is best known for his “Miracle Crusades,” or faith healing summits, which are held in stadiums around the country and broadcast on his TV program “This Is Your Day.”  He founded Orlando Christian Center church in 1983 and began holding his healing services there. Followers believe Hinn can heal any of their ailments if he prays over them.

#2. Pat Robertson, net worth $100 million.

Televangelist Pat Robertson founded Christian Broadcasting Network, which now broadcasts shows in 180 countries in 71 languages. The flagship show, “The 700 Club,” airs daily.

 

Annnnnd…, leading the “rat pack…,” drumroll please!

 

#1. Pastor Kenneth Copeland, net worth $300 million!

Kenneth Copeland heads Kenneth Copeland Ministries and preaches through TV, books, DVDs, and CDs.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries is located on a 1,500-acre campus near Fort Worth, Texas. The grounds include a church as well as a private airstrip and hangar for a $17.5 million jet and other aircraft. Copeland reportedly lives in a $6.3 lakefront mansion funded by his church. Although Celebrity Net Worth reported he’s worth $300 million, other reports say Copeland could be worth $750 million or more.

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So…, there you have ‘em.

Our list of preacher’s who are riding that big, green, gravy train!

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Paid for by some followers who think they can buy instant salvation, and at the expense of other donors who just don’t know any better.

Shame on them all…, and all of the others like them who didn’t qualify for the “worst of the worst” list here.

All of these “pastors” are very talented when it comes to quoting chapter and verse from The Bible.  I wonder what their reaction would be to a couple verses that I have selected here?

Matthew 6:24 “No one can be loyal to two masters. He is bound to hate one and love the other, or support one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and the power of money at the same time.”

1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

Matthew 6:5-13 – “And then, when you pray, don’t be like the play-actors. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at street-corners so that people may see them at it. Believe me, they have had all the reward they are going to get.”

I’m sure they’d all be able to conjure up a translation of these words that would not only validate what they were doing, but promote it, and herald it!

They are good at what they do…, it’s just a shame they have to pretend to do it in God’s name.

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Thanks to Karen Bennett, for Cheatsheet.com, for contributing to this article.

 

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