This afternoon we’ve had reports of people receiving fraudulent emails from Bishop Satterlee asking for money or gift cards. These emails are being sent from various email addresses including firstname.lastname@example.org and are not from Bishop Satterlee. Please do not respond to these emails or send any money or gift cards.
This type of email scam has become prevalent in church communities. In this scam, people pretending to be someone you know send an email asking for help and for you to send them gift cards or wire them money.
If you receive one of these emails, do not send any personal information, money, or gift cards. If you are unsure if the email is fraudulent, check the email address it was sent from and contact the person separately (ex: call/text using a number you know is theirs, send a separate email to an account you know is theirs). Do not respond to the email you suspect is fraudulent.
If you have had your email account hacked or are worried that it might have been hacked, change your email password. When selecting a new password, make sure to use one that is strong and includes numbers, special characters, and a mix of upper and lower case letters.
We have additional resources on internet security on our website. We invite you to learn more about email scams and how to best protect yourself and your information online.