Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey’s name has been used in a spam email this week. Church of the Brethren members are advised not to reply to this fake email and to immediately delete it. The email is titled “OUR LORD BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU” and includes a scam request for gift cards to donate to patients with COVID-19.
The Church of the Brethren staff is aware that such scam emails are becoming more common and occasionally appear under various names. These can appear to come from anyone you know. Look for signs that such emails are spam, including:
— A sending address that is not consistent with the usual email addresses for that person.
— Mention of being “in a meeting” or “on a conference call” or otherwise out of contact.
— Citing the need for “a favor.”
— Asking for help with a personal crisis, such as being out of the country and in some kind of trouble.
— Requesting gift cards, cash, or checks.
— Offering reimbursement for gifts, or offering to pay money to the recipient.
Feel free to contact our denominational staff to verify a message’s authenticity if you are not sure an email is legitimate. Contact Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, Director of News Services, 224-735-9692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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