A Scientology Salesperson’s Secrets for Getting Money Fast From His Fellow Scientologists!

The Church of Scientology is wealthy because it knows how to separate people from their money with great speed — and this by using every trick in the book. David Sonenfild was an extremely successful Church of Scientology “Reg” for many years. A “Reg” is a highly trained high-pressure Scientology salesperson who will use every form of flattery, apparent concern, tricks, connivance, dissimulation, threats, promises, or whatever else is needed to part a person from their money as quickly as possible.

David did a “hat write up” of the techniques he used — scroll down to the bottom of this post for a PDF copy. In Scientology-speak a job is called a “hat.” Instead of saying “do your job!” Scientology says, “wear your hat!” Strange talk, but Scientology’s insular language is part of its core cultic construction.

This “hat write up” was intended for use in training new regges in the techniques of selling Scientology where the focus is on urgency. Scientology has always used extreme urgency, emergency, and time pressure to create a sense that some horrible disaster is lurking just around the corner unless people act right now! Time pressure is the essence of hard sales and Scientology constantly uses time pressure against its own membership.


The Sonenfield Hat Write Up begins by using the term “Body Registrar.” This is a Scientology term of art for any Non-Scientologist, i.e. you are just a body to the Church of Scientology. Hence, the job of the “Body Registrar” is to get your body into a Scientology Org and then employ specific techniques to get your money “with no added unnecessary time.” The Church of Scientology, you see, doesn’t have time to waste given the fake urgency it has created and operates under on a 24/7/365 basis.

The Church of Scientology is nothing more than a nonstop wealth extraction machine erected entirely upon a sustained, hyperventilating, and completely false sense of emergency and crisis coupled to the hope of someday attaining unspeakably glorious and exalted spiritual states of being.


Page 13 of the PDF (scroll down) is the most damning page in the entire document as it shows how Scientology’s salespeople target retirement monies; funds for children’s college education; personal and business checking accounts; savings accounts; bonds; etc. In a recent story by Tony Ortega, Scientology even used three attractive young Sea Org women to help “convince” a 75 year old man to buy some Scientology courses. Scientology then opened credit cards in the man’s name and put him $75,000 into high interest credit card debt.

Please read the document below carefully, particularly page 13 where you will see that the goal in Scientology regging is to separate a person from their money “as fast as humanely possible.” The goal is to not give a person anytime to think about the serious financial repercussions and harm they may be doing to themselves by acting in haste under Scientology’s hard pressure sales tactics.

Given the fact that Scientology treats “monies on account” as irrevocable donations, the fact is that as soon as Scientology gets a person’s money it is gone forever. As we saw with the Garcia sham arbitration, Scientology is based on malice, bad faith, and lies. Scientology will say or do anything to get money and then fight for years (or decades if needed) to keep every penny. This is why Scientology wants to get the money as fast as possible and have the person sign an agreement that their money is now irrevocably Scientology’s money. This is part of Scientology’s pattern of financial fraud and predation.

Page 13:

The PDF: Hover your mouse over the document to invoke the page up/page down controls at the bottom of the page frame:

David Sonenfild, Hat Writeup, Body Registrar, Cincinnati org

2 comments

  1. What a word salad! I couldn’t stand to read the thing. I was a Div 6 reg in 1976 in a mission. I was pretty good but despite the fact that yes, we wanted their money, we did believe we were helping. My experience with other staff was that they did care, but honestly if someone asked me today about Scn I would say Run, Don’t Walk in the opposite direction. Diminishing returns and all. And there’s the SP leader (or is he just psychotic). Yeah, just say no.

  2. Although I’ve never donated ANY monies to this so-called “church,” I DO have a question for you regarding their finances.

    IF, hypothetically speaking, I were interested -‘and knowing just how expensive it is to pursue it – how would they handle someone like me who lives from one small Social Security Disability check to another? I have no particularly valuable assets and I can barely live off the small monthly SS income I do receive!

    Would I be turned away once they determined I have very little, if any, to give them, or would they try to drain me of what I DO receive?

    I realize that you’ve got more important things to do than answer my hypothetical question but like I said, I’m just curious.

    Thank you and Best regards, Michele

    PS…. also asked this same question to Mike Rinsed but thought this might also be a good place to post it considering the subject matter.

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