Peter Popoff is the televangelist whose methods were famously debunked decades ago by James Randi… but that didn’t stop him. He’s back to his same old tricks, even offering “miracle water” that will supposedly eliminate your debt… but only if you send him some “seed money” in return.
Crystal Sanchez used to work for Popoff as a “donation processor.” She didn’t know what she was getting into, but she quickly discovered how much of a scam this all was and later wrote a book about her experiences.
Skeptic Carrie Poppy recently got in touch with Sanchez and got even more details about how Popoff dupes so many people.
That miracle water, for example?
… Sanchez says that that water comes from a much less miraculous source: Costco, the supermarket megastore. Popoff’s daughter went to Costco every week, says Sanchez, and returned with ordinary bottled water, which would be repackaged as “miracle spring water” and sent out along with a request for “a gift of love, faith and obedience to God” in the form a donation.
The whole article is infuriating when you learn what Popoff has done, but Sanchez deserves a lot of credit for going public with the truth. Poppy herself later tries to confront Popoff directly to ask him about all this. You can read for yourself how that turned out.
In any case, it’s maddening how he’s able to get away with all this.
(Cue the obligatory link to John Oliver‘s brilliant segment on televangelists.)