Gift Card Scammers Targeting Congregations

In carefully targeted scams, email messages designed to look like they were sent by a minister ask members for gift cards.


An email scam targeting congregations all across the United States has hit Unitarian Universalist groups frequently in recent months.

At Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin, dozens of congregants received emails in March that appeared to be from senior minister the Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy, asking for gift cards. There was a problem, though: Leone-Tracy, who was out of state on vacation, hadn’t sent any such emails. Though most members ignored the email or reported it to church staff, at least one member gave about $1,500 in gift cards to the scammers, thinking they were sending them to Leone-Tracy. READ MORE HERE.


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