Scams and Spam!
This past week we experienced another epidemic of spam emails. As we have seen, spam emails or texts may be sent to church members that appear to be from a staff member or a church email address or cell phone. Most of the time, if you look at the wording, the language sounds strange, or asks for odd things, and the request may seem inappropriate. Check the actual email address at the top, not just the name listed with the email address. First Unitarian emails come from @firstuuwilm.org.
Spam emails and texts are NOT from our minister or anyone at First Unitarian Church. Please do not reply to those emails and do not follow the request to purchase gifts cards or send money to the sender.
NO ONE from our staff or leadership will ever ask you to urgently purchase gifts cards (or other monetary items) or otherwise ask for emergency assistance.
You should report the spam or scam emails to your email service provider, to the mobile phone provider, or to Google. For instance, if the email comes from an @gmail.com account, you can report the scam email here: https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse. Use your spam filter tools as well to mark any spam email as junk. Over time, your spam filter learns what to trust and what not to trust, but always be alert to the possibility that new spam attempts will be made. Click here for more information about scams and spam.
Please email the church office with questions or forward the suspect email to email@example.com.
Spam scams are ever present in our lives; be alert. Thank you!
Scams and Spam!