Another email scam has been reported using a fake email address for Bishop David Bard. Do not respond to the phishing scam. Report to Google and/or delete.
Lansing, Mich. | June 24, 2020 — Last fall we reported an uptick in scams targeting United Methodist congregations, where in many cases a new email is created in a pastor’s name and directed to members of his or her congregation.
The Michigan Conference has recently seen a similar scam using Bishop Bard’s name and the email address email@example.com. Typically this message has the subject line “Blessings [name of recipient]” with a request in the body of the message asking for a favor. If you respond, the request will be to purchase gift cards and send the activation code to the scammer.
If you receive this message, please do not respond. Either delete it or report it to Google at https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse.
Keep in mind that Bishop Bard will not make a direct appeal for gift cards or similar forms of support and that Bishop Bard’s official email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Any communication with the Bishop using an alternate email address should be viewed with suspicion.
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