We have recently been informed about two scams currently targeting some of our clergy and church officers.
Two people from our Diocese – a PCC secretary and a treasurer – recently received an email, supposedly from one of our Rectors, asking them to purchase online gift vouchers for her and then to send her the codes. Although the email address used was different to her normal address, it was set up with the Rector’s name and looked convincing. Thankfully, no codes were purchased.
Another of our clergy also received a scam phone call from a lady, claiming that he had signed the church up to pay for anti-bullying books for a local school, and that they’d now been printed and that he owed £199. The lady then said that he could have a 30% discount if he paid over the phone by credit card. When the lady was told to send over an invoice, she put the phone down. This was a scam but again it was convincing.
It is vitally important to be on your guard when receiving any unexpected correspondence. Please read the National Cyber Security Centre advice on how to deal with suspicious emails, phone calls and text messages.