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Mega church pastor a victim of a mega hoax

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Pastor Joel Osteen says he's not mad about being at the center of a massive internet hoax that he was abandoning Christianity.

"We saw it as being comical because it's so ludicrous but sometimes things like that can catch on."

And it caught on all right. The hoax went worldwide. Osteen says Monday morning he started getting phone calls and messages from every continent, asking if he knew about it, but very few asking if it were true.

The pranksters created fake webpages for him, and fake news pages dummied up to look like Yahoo, CNN and Drudge.

They also made a twitter account. They claimed he was refuting the Bible, abandoning the faith and going to start a new one. There was even a youtube video.

Beth Guide with SEO411 says anyone with average internet skills could've done the same thing, and notes the timing.

"The domain was created April 1, 2013, They did it as a April fools prank."

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