Harold Camping’s Wikipedia page was briefly defaced by Netizens who were outraged at how he raked in millions in donations from his followers with his false 'Doomsday' prediction.
Around 11 a.m. ET, the first sentence of the Wikipedia page read:
“Harold Egbert Camping (born July 19, 1921) is a liar who says the world’s going to end to make more money but is [sic] is a piece of crap.”
It can’t be proven that Camping was lying – contrastingly, he seemed to genuinely believe his 'Doomsday' message. However, what’s true is that his organization has raked in millions in donations and financially ruined many of his followers in the process.
A source told CNN that some of his followers blew all their money on luxury cars and vacations. PIX11 reported that one man spent all of his savings to buy an ad campaign for the May 21 Doomsday message. One teenager even said his parents stopped saving for his college education, reported New York Times.
Between 2005 and 2009, his ‘Doomsday’ message helped raked in $80 million in donations from his followers, according to CNN.
Now, many of his followers are broke. According to multiple media reports, some of them budgeted their money so that they’d be left penniless on May 21st.