The UUA has learned that a number of congregations have been hit with an email scam. It involves making a fake Gmail account in the minister’s name, and then sending a request for gift cards allegedly from that minister to the congregation’s directory. Apparently when you send the gift card it gets cashed by the scammer.
We encourage ministers serving in congregations to alert their congregations through their various communications media about this scam. They should be encouraged to let the congregation know that any official email from the minister will come from [x email address] and that they will never ask for gift cards or any other kind of surprise donation through email.
This article about this scam may be helpful: http://ow.ly/U8qI30oD6ms
We had it here (Baton Rouge) and both the President and I had fake emails sent. The scammer had read our newsletters and could answer questions recipients asked to try to variety that it was really from me.