Careful of Email Scams
The MCCLV Pastor and other clergy are being used in a gift card scams. The scammer poses as a clergyperson, emails someone directly, says it's "Urgent" or "Important" and then asks the target to purchase gift cards. Do not respond! Know that no clergyperson would ask someone to do this. For things like MCCLV's Grocery Store Gift Card program, funds are done online or via check, never directly to the pastor.
The scammers are becoming more and more talented with each passing year. For instance, in a scam email recently directed to an MCCLV'er, the pastor's address was listed as firstname.lastname@example.org (the pastor's real address is email@example.com). With everyone so busy, the scammers know that people are not going to check the email address. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people in the world. Prayers for all.