Email and Phone Scams Continue
Many congregations and dioceses have experienced email scams, in which emails appearing to be from the bishop or a clergy leader solicit church members to send money, provide information, or purchase gift cards. This is a form of email "phishing" known as "whaling."
More recent attempts have included voice messages claiming to be from Bishop-elect Paula Clark. Please be assured that neither the bishop-elect nor any clergy or diocesan staff member will ask you for money or gift cards. Any requests for these items should be deleted.
If you think you may have received a scam email, we recommend the following:
- Carefully check the sender’s name and email address
- Look out for misspelled words and incorrect grammar
- Do not click on any suspicious links or attachments
- Report the email as spam
Reporting A Scam
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the main agency that collects scam reports. Report your scam via email or by phone: