Church Goers Being Scammed Into Donations

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An old email scam that targets church-goers has picked up again. The fraud is that church members get an email from their pastors requesting a contribution to the church through the buying and sending of gift cards.

The emails seem legit at first, they tend to have the local pastor’s name in the email, but actually uses a different provider than the one the church would use.

One report stated that a Florida scammer asked the victim to buy gift cards and send a photo of them to the “pastor.” The problem is gift cards contain numbers code that lets the scammers use the gift cards. In this case, the scammers landed $10,500 in gift cards.

“No church solicits gift cards nor does the IRS which is why when someone posing as a religious institution or the IRS asks for a payment through a gift card you can be sure it is a scam. The second thing that we all should do is to always confirm the legitimacy of any request for a donation of any kind before making a payment,” Steve Weisman of Scamicide.com said.

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Church Goers Being Scammed Into Donations

Photo (c) ImagePixel – Getty Images

An old email scam that targets church-goers has picked up again. The fraud is that church members get an email from their pastors requesting a contribution to the church through the buying and sending of gift cards.

The emails seem legit at first, they tend to have the local pastor’s name in the email, but actually uses a different provider than the one the church would use.

One report stated that a Florida scammer asked the victim to buy gift cards and send a photo of them to the “pastor.” The problem is gift cards contain numbers code that lets the scammers use the gift cards. In this case, the scammers landed $10,500 in gift cards.

“No church solicits gift cards nor does the IRS which is why when someone posing as a religious institution or the IRS asks for a payment through a gift card you can be sure it is a scam. The second thing that we all should do is to always confirm the legitimacy of any request for a donation of any kind before making a payment,” Steve Weisman of Scamicide.com said.

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