Online scams continue to target churches and church leaders. These scams are unlikely to stop, and there is nothing we can do to prevent them.
Awareness and vigilance are our best defense.
A common tactic is to send e-mails or text messages that appear to be from a known organization or trusted church leader They typically ask for urgent help or a favor, and at some stage request that the recipient buy and electronically send gift cards, make donations via money transfer or provide personal information.
Look before you leap, and then look again: Be skeptical of unexpected e-mail or text message requests to send or spend money or provide urgent assistance.
Check the sender’s e-mail address for legitimacy before responding or opening any links or attachments.