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Christian Clickbait Website

Summary: the site in question is a scam website and holds very little credibility. Read their articles (and similar ones) with a pinch of salt!

Sounds like a good article. Let’s examine a little further 🙂

Author: M. Thomas (occupation: Blogger with no real “substance” to back her up)

The organization has a big building. So they must be good. Must be very well organized right?

Looks like a Mr Steve is in charge. Who is he? And why is he running this organization churning out “clickbait articles”? What is his motives? And how can he claim to be the founder or a representative of “church leaders dot com”?
Again, a dot com is easy to register and cost only RM100/year no big deal! But to “average Joe” it looks like this article was written by a big name big denomination church leader”!!!!!’

Went to the Colorado business registry: Who is this guy? Wade Crow is part of this organization

Anyway let’s look at the CEO and his background ?

What is Connect 13? Are they a group of mega churches or is their teaching deviant from mainstream Christianity? Which are their member church and what is their attendance numbers?

He never served in church per SE. He is probably a Marketing guy who tries to profit out of the Christian religion. Many have fall for it because of his sensational articles like this one:

5 Signs You’re Part of an Unhealthy Church

By Marielle Thomas

How a click bait works is: to arouse your curiosity and sucker you to click and read the link. With confirmation bias and other biases we look at the article from one angle and discard the 999 other points of views and perspectives. We highlight part of the article we like especially the ones that confirm what we already believe : hence “confirmation bias

CFO is your own sister and VP of digital services also is not a trustable person.

That info can be found publicly online

In conclusion, when seeing an article like this, will you share? I know I won’t! I will read it then I’ll go Facebook and Report Scam, Report Spam and ask Facebook to ban these articles which are known as “click baits”. The advertisements give them USD 1-2 for every unique visitor.

What they say is partially true. But we should think twice, discuss among our brother and sisters and in the end come up with a sensible conclusion. Please, please don’t be a sheep and accept everything we read. Worst yet, we ask our friends to forward even more falsehoods.

Pardon the typo in this article. Written on an iPhone.

Hoaxes and spectacular “WOW” stories – How to debunk them?

The purpose of this truth or lie section is to inform and educate netizens on how to identify hoaxes. Right now, we have many types of tricks that scammers use to gain our personal information, trick us into revealing our password and details and embarrass us. Here are the top 3 things you should know about online scams.

  • Nigerian rich man gives away inheritance or a huge amount of wealth.

An e-mail will come which promises millions of dollars to be wired to your account, only if you send them a small processing fee. Nowadays, the promised amount is lower (so you think it’s real, now…) but the scam still is a scam. Their main objective is to empty your bank accounts, but if they can’t, they would build a profile of you through the back-and-forth conversation you have with them.

By replying to the scammers, they know your e-mail address is active, so they’ll sell a complete profile (with your personal particulars) to mailing lists and marketing scammers. Advise: Move to SPAM.

  • Pop up banners

Whenever you visit a website, you are being tracked. Every mouse movement, clicks, time spent hovering on a picture and other parameters are being tracked. They know where you’re from and what websites you have been visiting. So when you see an advertisement which is localised, say “Find friends to hang out with in Penang, Malaysia!” and you see an ang-moh lady, you know it’s fishy.

When you see “Your Mac has been compromised, click here to run a FREE virus scan”, well, my advise is RUN AWAY. One note is that, with clever javascript programming, we can be tricked to click on ads we didn’t want. (those who have visited adult sites will know). So you click on a free movie / torrent download, and a banner pops up. How did they do that? You didn’t click on a banner, but there was something invisible that pop up. Again, don’t touch it.

  • Mobile Ads (spam)

Mobile spam comes from different sources. Some are from telco generic numbers: 66300, 60000-series of caller IDs in Malaysia, unknown country codes and phone numbers in general. They promise to be informative and useful but most of them are just spam. The one famous one is Shell winner announcement. The message say you have won a prize and to call a phone number listed. Social Engineers are on the other side of the line ready to fish for your personal information and get you to transfer them money. If you like to know more, read Kevin Mitnick’s – The Art of Deception.

I think we all need some deception skills in life. Let’s face it, it’s hard to walk the straight and honest route all the time. Job markets are down, people are struggling with debts and can’t keep up with their neighbours. There will always be scams, and if you come across one that you find interesting, reach out to me on social media and we can have an article or video made about the “deception“.