Christian marketing networks have long been used by Christian groups for fundraising and marketing purposes.
While most Christian marketing groups rely on email and social media, there are several other organizations that do not require a paid membership.
Here’s how to spot them.
Christian marketing group has a fake name and an online store page.
Most Christian marketing organizations will list their business name and the website at the top of their marketing materials.
However, many fake Christian advertising organizations are run by individuals with no affiliation to any church.
The name of the business does not match its actual location.
Many Christian marketing companies do not even have a location.
For example, a Christian marketing organization could be located in a town that has a church, but there is no sign of a church.
The website is not in English.
Many fake Christian business websites are not in the same language as their real website.
For instance, a fake site may be in Spanish but be in English and include links to Facebook and Google Plus pages.
If the business name is not English, the fake site might not even be in the language the owner is using.
The business does business with a non-Christian organization.
In some cases, an organization may be registered as a Christian business but is owned by another Christian organization.
For some groups, it may be a registered nonprofit organization that is in the process of merging with another Christian group.
The non-profit organization may use the same email address as the real business, but the registered nonprofit may not use the business’ name.
The company does not provide business information.
Many bogus Christian marketing websites may provide information about their members, their products and services, and other information.
For a good example, see the fake Christian Marketing Network.
The location is not correct.
Most fake Christian media sites do not have a physical location.
These fake sites may be found in rural areas or in remote locations, but not in urban areas.
The advertising is fake.
A good example is the fake Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Church members post advertisements on the fake church’s website and advertise at local churches.
However in reality, Church members do not live in the real church.
Instead, Church member’s advertise at other fake sites.
This leads to the misconception that Church members are actually visiting Church-owned businesses.
The ad is not from the Church.
Most bogus Christian media groups advertise their ads on other sites and are not affiliated with any religious organization.
These groups often advertise their products on sites like eBay or Craigslist.
The group does not have members.
Most legitimate Christian marketing businesses have members who donate money or use their services to promote the businesses.
However a fake company that has members does not advertise its services.
The owner does not speak English.
Some fake Christian businesses are registered as non-profits that use their website to post advertisements.
For more information, see Realistic Business.