A web page that resembles the Fox News website, replete with the network’s logo in the left corner, claims that Baptist Scammers Using Retired Megachurch Pastor Charles Stanley’s Image to Sell CBD Oil Retired Atlanta megachurch pastor Charles Stanley says he’s not selling CBD oil, and says ads that claim he is are
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A web page that resembles the Fox News website, replete with the network’s logo in the left corner, claims that Baptist pastor Charles Stanley is selling CBD and that he said he “wouldn’t be here” without it.
But the domain name for the page is not foxnews.com. It’s whatregistrater.com. Another web page with the same story has a different domain name, also unaffiliated with Fox — mangozhc.cc.
This story isn’t authentic, and Stanley isn’t selling CBD, a chemical found in cannabis plants. Neither are Joel Osteen and Pat Robertson, two other television evangelists whose names and fabricated quotes endorsing CBD gummies are mentioned in the fake stories.
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Scammers Using Retired Megachurch Pastor Charles Stanley’s Image to Sell CBD Oil
Retired Atlanta megachurch pastor Charles Stanley says he’s not selling CBD oil, and says ads that claim he is are a scam.
In Touch Ministries said in a statement that scammers have been using Stanley’s image and saying he was beginning a new business venture in CBD oil. The ministry said that some of the articles even used fake Fox News headers to appear more legitimate.
“However, none of it is true. It is a scam. Dr. Stanley has not begun any new venture,” the statement said.
Stanley, who is in his late 80s, announced in September 2020 that he would retire as head pastor of 13,000-member First Baptist Church Atlanta. He is now pastor emeritus.
The ministry urged followers not to click on any posts, emails, texts, or websites mentioning CBD.
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“Scammers are attempting to trick you into giving your personal information or infect your electronic devices by using Dr. Stanley’s image,” the statement said, going on to list the links for Stanley’s legitimate official Facebook pages in English and Spanish .
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical found in marijuana or hemp. Per Web MD , it is used to treat seizure disorders, anxiety, pain, and other conditions.