I’m a HUGE fan of the CNBC show “American Greed” for a couple of reasons. One, I’m always amazed at how gullible some of these victims are. On the “Preying on Faith” case, a pastor traveled all over the country preaching the word to various churches. While preaching the word, he would talk about a program he had. Under the program, churches would invest money in exchange for a large financial return.
Of course, people fell for it.
How was he able to scam so many? He literally preyed on faith. Morally, it’s every bit of wrong. I felt sorry for those who put all of their money together for the investment. They believed that a man of God wouldn’t scam them.
But at some point during the episode, I was even more amazed that these same people were believing the excuses for why they weren’t receiving their promised returns of big money. I’m talking about months of not seeing any money and NOBODY rang the alarm that maybe something isn’t quite right.
C’mon now! If it sounds too good to be true, IT’S PROBABLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!!!
Moral of the story: Take nothing at face value!! If it doesn’t sit right with you, start researching. Don’t get wrapped up in the shiny outcome that you don’t analyze the steps to get there.