Bible Thumping Hacker Steals $2.3 Million From Michigan State University FCU. Money Went To Nigerian Mega Church
Michigan State University FCU was hacked by an overzealous follower of Jesus. The hacker managed to get access to 2300 Visa debit card numbers. Consequently, the money went to Loveworld TV.
Michigan Media is reporting that Loveworld TV is apparently a British Christian television station. However, it appears the station is operated by Christ Embassy Church out of Nigeria. See below.
The Jesus freak fraudster also attempted to use the Michigan State University FCU accounts to give LoveWorld TV rough $100 per account.
Victims Speak Up:
One victim spoke to WLNS in Lansing, MI:
Joshua Mitchell, a credit union member also told Lansing media:
Michigan State FCU Chief Marketing Officer Deidre Davis said security monitoring systems caught the spate of transactions to the British Christian television station this week.
The system notified members. As a result, the members alerted credit union workers on New Years Day.
LoveWorld TV representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Wednesday, LoveWorld TV was the lucky recipient of about 2,300 donations.
Credit Union members were refunded and the credit union is issuing new cards to those members.
It is also unclear who is behind the fraudulent charges. However, Christ Embassy Church is $2.3 million dollars richer.
Davis also stated that the credit union is trying to figure out how it happened.
Who Is The Lucky Recipient Of The Stolen Money From Michigan State University FCU?
Christ Embassy Church is a Christian megachurch founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in 1987. The Church is headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. The church also operates LoveWorld TV in 13 countries and also has nearly 13 million followers.
Christ Embassy runs seven TV channels including LoveWorld USA. LoveWorld USA is run in partnership with American televangelist Benny Hinn.
Oyakhilome runs an online prayer network using social media to send messages to Christians in several countries. He had over 1.2 million followers on Twitter in 2013. He also has over 1.9 million followers on Facebook. In addition, he operates a smartphone messenger called KingsChat.
In addition, Oyakhilome has been accused of preaching the prosperity gospel. The black Jesus wannabe hits his followers for money by stating that those who donate to his ministry will be rewarded with wealth, health and good luck.
Oyakhilome has also been a target of criticism for supporting faith healing as a cure for HIV/AIDS. The televangelist also claims his devotional Rhapsody of Realities has claimed tumors will disappear if rebuked.