Unfortunately, it’s in times like these that some people try to take advantage of others. We have learned that someone is scamming members of our congregation by sending them emails (see right) requesting that the recipient respond — and when the recipient responds, the scammer requests that they purchase eBay gift cards.
Please know that only email addresses from the @crossroads140.com domain are official communications from Crossroads Church; i.e., email@example.com. Anything else is not from Crossroads and in fact is more than likely an attempt to scam/phish.
If you did receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, please report this as a scam by completing this form from Google: https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse. Have the fake email(s) pulled up before you do so because you’re going to need information from them to properly report them to Google.
Here are some tips to identifying that an email message or text is a phishing scam.
- Urgent requests. Phishing attacks attempt to induce panic in the receiver and cause the person to act before investigating the authenticity of the request.
- Bad spelling or grammar. Phishing messages are notorious for containing misspelled words or poor grammar.
- Mismatched email address information. Make sure the email address displayed in the From: field matches address listed in behind mailto:.
- Unexpected requests regarding personal information. Be extremely wary of following links or answering questions from contacts you did not initiate.