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Friday, May 24, 2013

‘Unscrupulous Crooks’ Are ‘Ripping Off People’ By Inventing A Large Number Of Fake Rick Warren Facebook Pages And ‘Raising Funds’ For His Late Son, Matthew Warren
The Saddleback pastor is now appealing for his Facebook friends to help him stop them

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS) -- Following the tragic death of 27-year-old Matthew Warren, the youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, who committed suicide “momentary wave of despair” in April, the Saddleback pastor has been facing another problem – a large number of fake Rick Warren Facebook pages.

Rick Warren with Dan Wooding following an interview at this year's NRB Convention in Nashville

In a message posted today (Friday, May 24, 2013) on his page -- www.facebook.com/pastorrickwarren – he wrote, “Dear Facebook Friends, I have a personal favor to ask.

"Since my son Matthew, died, a large number of FAKE Rick Warren Facebook pages have been popping up - where unscrupulous crooks are ripping off people and making money by asking for donations in the name of my son. They are all fake. We've shut down over 150 of these fake Facebook pages but new ones keep multiplying.

“The only way I know to counteract this deceit is to ask you to ‘LIKE’ this real page, and ask others to do the same. This Pastor Rick Warren page is my only true, authentic Facebook page.

“I'd be deeply grateful if you'd help me eliminate all the phony pages by ‘liking; this page, and letting others know, if you hear about them being duped. A million thanks!”

At the time of writing, he had already received more than 21,000 “likes”, including mine.

It is hard to imagine the minds of people who would do such a despicable thing as to hurt this pastor who, with his wife Kay, is trying to cope with the tragic death of Matthew. But they are out there, and I hope they will soon be caught and stopped.


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Dan Wooding, 72, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards -- the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to: Caped Crusader - Amazon

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