Many of us have been receiving weird and suspicious emails from scammers who are pretending to be Christ Episcopal Church or Diocesan Staff. Please refer to this advice from the diocesan communications department:
There is no way to stop these scams from occurring. But by being vigilant, the risks can be minimized or averted. Here are some steps to take.
You can read more from that message here.
- Check the return email address. If the address doesn’t match the name of the sender, be wary.
- Never open attachments from unknown sources, especially those with .exe extensions. [.exe files are often what you often hear referred to as "malware".]
- Be wary of generically addressed emails like Dear Friend or Dear Customer.
- If there are links in the email, hover over them without clicking on them. This will show where the link will actually take you.
- Look for grammatical or spelling errors in the text of the email.
- Check the address at the bottom of the email. If it says “Pastor Jim” and Jim never goes by “Pastor”, it’s fake.
This is of course also applicable to non-church related emails you may receive. Above all, if an email seems suspicious, it probably is; it is best to contact the person at the email address you have safely corresponded with before to double check.