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Man conned by fraudsters claiming religious morality

Man conned by fraudsters claiming religious morality

Founders of a defunct Provo credit services company defrauded a California man out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by persuading him to take out a home loan, promising a 30 percent profit and lying about their business acumen, according to the Utah Department of Commerce. But Mike Hale's willingness to part with his money also was a test of faith. According to the state, Mascot Financial LLC owner Samuel Duane Aston earned Hale's trust by emphasizing his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that he was a priesthood holder with a temple recommend, a benchmark of worthiness that requires members to assert, among other things, that they are "honest in their dealings with their fellow man."

Claims to religious “morality” have become almost a universal red flag. Claimants want YOU to be moral while THEY abscond with the goods. They want YOU to be chaste while they carry on their covert affairs. And the list goes on…


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