In recent generations, there have been many false prophets arise. Most of which got wealthy from writing many books. Some generated great wealth by preaching lies from their pulpits.
The list of false prophets is long, and many are famous, with tremendous followings. People follow them even though their predictions are repeatedly wrong. Why do people follow liars? I think two reasons are, they want what they are saying to be true, and they have a hope one day they will come to fruition.
No man accidentally becomes a false prophet. No, they do it because of their lust, greed, idolatry, and desire to be elevated above their contemporaries.
Below is God’s test for the validity of a prophet. Notice, if the prophet failed the test, the punishment was death.
“But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name, a word which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, ‘How will we recognize the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ When the prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, and the thing does not happen or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you are not to be afraid of him.”
Be careful who you follow and put them to the test, using scripture as the only case study.