What Is the Peter Popoff Scam?

Peter Popoff scams people by using false spiritual-healing and debt-relief claims to solicit donations, according to Business Insider. A televangelist, he uses his extensive mailing list to contact people and trick them into sending him money in exchange for what they believe are divine acts of God.

Peter Popoff's most notable scam was a plot in which he advertised the ability to cancel the debt of his customers through God, as reported by Business Insider. Popoff gave people that bought into his scam advice on rituals that would begin the process of debt cancellation, and then started asking for monetary donations throughout the process. In 2005, Popoff took almost $700,000 in gifts and contributions through his wide-reaching scams.