[UPDATED: October 2021]
Everyone once in a while the evil internet gremlins get up to no good and pretend to be someone else via email. Usually, this comes in the form of asking for gift cards, money transfers, or some other financial help.
Your pastors do not need these things. We are fine 🙂
Because this request comes from a fake email address, there is little we can do about it. This practice is called “phishing”. You can read more about it as well as get tips on how to determine if an email is legit here.
The most disturbing thing that is happening is that these folks are targeting churches and can often pick up on events that are happening in the life of the church: pastor traveling, holiday seasons, etc. so please be extra diligent in checking that the emails come from known email addresses.
We have determined that a 2019 version of our Directory has been distributed online and we are working diligently to try and have it removed.
At the end of the day, please know that your staff will never reach out for help in this way, but if you do receive one of these emails, please forward it to the church office as well as block and report the note.
If you have received one of these email addresses, please report it to https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse?hl=en.