Important Warning Regarding Email Scams

It has been brought to our attention that the Federal Trade Commission is now alerting consumers to a nationwide scam in which hackers pose as church leaders, often asking for money or gift cards. Local churches have been affected by this scam. Please see this recent news report from WXYZ: The FTC says these requests are often made by email, but they’ve heard of people also getting texts and phone calls. The communications will appear to be coming from a legitimate email or phone number, and may include red flags such as threatening or urgent wording in the subject line, spelling or grammar mistakes and requests for gift cards or money transfers.

Please know that St. Matthew pastors and staff will never send an email personally asking for any sort of money or gift cards, and that any request of that sort will not be legitimate. All official church appeals communications will come through Constant Contact, and will be church-wide, planned appeals, such as Christmas Gift for Jesus or Forward in Faith. If you receive an email that is in question please call the church office to verify that it’s real. If you do get scammed, you should report it to the church immediately and notify the FTC online at or calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.

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