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A woman in Clear Lake wants Houstonians to be aware of a Facebook scam after she said she was targeted by someone claiming to be Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen.

Paula Dupre said she received a message on Facebook Sunday night from a Facebook account called “Pastor – Joel Osteen.”Asking me if I was a true Christian, did I believe in the Christ Jesus,” Dupre said, “And I wrote back, yes.”

After that, the real motive behind the message was revealed. The imposter told Dupre that a big Texas donor had given Osteen Ministries $35,000 — and that money could be hers.

“But before he did that, I had to send what I had to an orphanage in Delaware,” Dupre said, “So I thought that was kind of bizarre.”

Then she realized the person messaging her was no pastor. She replied to the person on Facebook, saying, “How about you give me the money first and I won’t report your (expletive) to authorities? I am going to the news with this because I believe the real Joel Osteen would not conduct business this way!”

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