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SCAM Alert!

Recently, many of our church members have been receiving emails and text messages that appear to be from Rev. Larry or other staff members or church members, asking to purchase gifts cards. These messages are a SCAM.

Every now and then, spam emails or texts may be sent to church members that appear to be from a staff member, fellow congregant, or a church email address or cell phone. Most of the time, if you look at the wording, the language sounds strange, asks for odd things and the request may seem inappropriate. Often the name of the person does not match the actual email address listed in the “From” field in your email.

Sometimes, if you respond to the text message or email, you will get a response that will also seem odd and awkward. One example: the church member asked the texter to call them to discuss and the response was that they were “too busy to call but to please buy the gift cards and then message them to set up a meeting.”

These 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. Even if it looks like a legitimate church email address or phone number, contact the church office if you are suspicious.

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. Please contact the church office with any questions at officemgr@firstuuwilm.org or marina@firstuuwilm.org. Or, call the church office at 302 478 2384 during business hours, M-F 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You can also report the spam to your email service provider, to the mobile phone provider, or to Google. You can also block future calls and texts from the number used in the text message. First Unitarian emails come from @firstuuwilm.org. Learn more about how to recognize and report spam and scam emails, here.