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Scientology Doubles Down on its Tax-Exempt Social Media Fraud

Scientology tax-exempt fraud at work: After being being publicly exposed and shamed for using stock photos to create phony Scientologists to attack Leah Remini, A&E, Leah’s guests and everyone connected to Leah’s Emmy-winning show Scientology and the Aftermath, the Scientology Cult is now doubling down on its social media fraud.

There is no Scientologist named Alicia Selverson. And yet the Church of Scientology uses this stock photo image to pretend that Alicia Selverson is a real Scientologist who belongs to a Scientology propaganda group called STAND.

There are also no Scientologists named Eva Band, Ellis Craig, Rebecca Blair, or Catriona McKenzie. These fake people are STAND members. Astute Scientology watchers, particularly @kellykels_melbs on Twitter have done much investigatory work to uncover Scientology’s social media fraud and smear accounts:

The poster Love Infusion on Twitter made a post showing that the stock photo of the faux Scientologist “Catriona McKenzie” was used on a book cover:

This is deceptive advertising and yet Scientology routinely engages in fraud and deceit so what’s new?

Well, what’s new is that real Scientologist Gemma Harris is on Twitter claiming these phony “Stock Photo Scientologists” are real people:

Gemma Harris claims these “real people” are using fake names and stock photos to hide their real identities because they want to remain anonymous:

When did Scientologists become timid little people who hide behind fake names and photos? L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

“When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe – never permit an ‘open-minded’ approach… If they enrolled, they’re aboard, and if they’re aboard they’re here on the same terms as the rest of us – win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half minded about being Scientologists… When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare… The proper instruction attitude is, ‘We’d rather have you dead than incapable.’”

– L. Ron Hubbard, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING, 7 February 1965, reissued 27 August 1980

Scientology took Anonymous to task for being cowards who hid behind masks. Now it seems Scientology has become… Anonymous. By Scientology’s own logic, then, anonymous Scientologists are cowards who are not willing to publicly speak out using their own names. These anonymous Scientologists have no confront and are completely caved in and PTS to their environment. This is why they go into hiding. Hiding is very low on Scientology’s Tone Scale. It is barely above Total Failure:


Not exactly a glowing endorsement for Scientology: Why spend $500,000 to become an OT who hides and is barely above being a Total Failure?

Scientology has officially become the Church of Victimology where all Scientologists are victims.  As I always say, “Scientologists can dish it out but they can’t take it.” The Scientology Cult has plenty of malicious hate websites up on brave and good people who have exposed its depredations. However, Scientology’s hypocrisy demands that it cast itself as a victim when it is exposed — and this even as it cranks out hate websites, lies, and even fake Scientologists.

The latest gambit by Scientologists is to claim that Leah Remini’s show is making them fear for their safety and that of their children. This drama queen soap opera is what L. Ron Hubbard called the “Dangerous Environment Racket.” In this particular decades-old Scientology scam, Scientologists create a propaganda message that there is a dangerous environment for them being created by whoever is exposing Scientology’s horrendous abuses, lies, and brutality.

These next two screenshots posted below were obtained by Aaron Smith-Levin and show us a Scientologist engaging in the old “Scientologists are being persecuted just like Jews in the Holocaust” fraud. This is an outrage, and, it is part of Scientologist’s standard playbook when they want to pretend to be victims.

See my post: Scientologists Are Not Jews in the Holocaust.

In the course of acting like a Jew in the Holocaust, this Scientologist is actually covertly engaging in censorship by demanding that others in a gym not be allowed to watch a television show this Scientologist finds offensive:

Church of Scientology Engaging in Social Media Fraud to Attack Leah Remini and her Show


Above: Scientology STAND member Rebecca Blair is not a real person. She is a stock photo.

The Church of Scientology is engaging in outright social media fraud to attack Leah Remini and her show Scientology and the Aftermath. Scientology’s so-called STAND league is using stock photos to create fake STAND members to launch social media attacks on Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, A&E, A&E’s sponsors, and the courageous people who appear on Leah’s show. This is a scandal and a disgrace for Scientology.

Using Google reverse imaging technology, the Scientology critic who posts as “Kels” @kellykels_melbs on Twitter found numerous fake STAND members. This is outright fraud.

@kellykels_melbs first posted on June 11, 2017 that STAND member “Alicia Hairdo” was a Scientology bot, i.e. a fake person:

@kellykels_melbs then posted proof that “Alicia Hairdo” was actually a stock photo:
After exposing Alicia Hairdo as a fake, Kels was blocked by the fake Alicia Hairdo. It seems that even imaginary Scientologists practice Disconnection:


Fake STAND member “Alicia Hairdo” is based upon a fictional character named Susannah Fontaine-Williams. “Alicia Hairdo” is not even a real name.

STAND member Alicia Selverson is another fake. Again this image is a stock photo anyone can purchase. Despite this fraud, “Alicia Selverson” has authored many essays at the STAND website!


Fake stock photo Scientologist Alicia Selverson’s Twitter account was suspended after it was reported as being a fake.


Despite the fraud, Selverson’s STAND profile claims that she is a third generation Scientologist, a model, and mother. Impressive for someone who does not actually exist.

Fake STAND member “Eva Band” is actually the Italian model Chiara Ferragni:

Fake STAND member “Ellis Craig” is actually the model Gert Rappenecker:

If you expose fake Scientology STAND members on Twitter then the Scientology Cult blocks you from being able to see all Scientology Twitter accounts.

You will even get blocked by the fake non-existent STAND members as happened when Alicia Hairdo blocked Kells @kellykels_melbs.

The fake Alicia Selverson blocked me from viewing her fake tweets. Scientology’s STAND group is a lie wrapped in a scam and topped with fraud:

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Bottom Line: Scientology engaging in social media fraud using  tax exempt dollars. Yet another reason for the IRS to revoke Scientology’s tax exemption.

Please sign and share my petition for the IRS to open an investigation into Scientology’s ill-gotten 1993 tax exemption.

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Headless Scientolgists

Some history of Scientology fraud is in order to show the precedent for this current Scientology STAND fraud.

January 2000: Scientology critic par excellence Arnie Lerma famously caught the Church of Scientology issuing a fake PR photo. Upon close examination, Lerma saw headless Scientologists in a doctored photo.  Essentially, it was horrible photoshop fakery used to make the Scientology crowd look bigger than it was. Here is the first photo where Arnie identified an area called image 1:

Arnie enlarged the photo. As he wrote at the time of the image below, “and here is image 1 area, left to right, note people duplicated, note hair drawn on man head below upper square, note “headless” man right hand square, standing next to twin who still has head…

Headless and duplicate Scientologists in 2000. The Washington Post covered this Scientology fraud.