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Phishing Scam Targets Church Members

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 18:25:29-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Lexington church wants people to be more careful before they give money to people online after their congregation got fake emails from a scammer pretending to be a pastor.

Pastor Matt Falco of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church uses technology to keep the congregation informed, but this week, an imposter made a fake email account similar to his.

“We received notifications from congregation members that they had received emails that seemed suspicious to them,” said Falco.

When people replied to the email, they got a message asking for a favor.

“It was asking them to provide a google play card – some sort of way of giving folks money,” said Flaco.

People contacted the church to see if it was real and it quickly became clear that this email was a scam.

“When people impersonate others, especially people who they trust, it’s just that much more likely that people will be taken advantage of,” he said.

The church says it is always a good idea to question emails that seem a little off.