Be aware of email phishing

News | April 9, 2020

Attention: If you receive any email from Peter Marty (or another staff member) that seems suspicious to you, be prepared to delete it.

The fraudulent practice of sending emails under a real name but a slightly altered (and fake) email address — phishing — often targets pastors. The purpose of these emails is to induce recipients to reveal personal information including passwords and credit card numbers.

Attackers will keep creating new Gmail accounts and falsely naming them Peter W. Marty, sometimes even with his photo.  All you can do is read the email with a critical eye; watch for language, grammar, or requests that are suspicious to you; be certain that the letters and details of the sender’s actual address exactly match one of Peter’s email addresses; be cautious if there is an “ask” of you in the email.

The best thing to do is to ignore such phishing emails and delete them. There is no way to completely stop those who are determined to instigate fraud like this.

2 Comments on “Be aware of email phishing”

  • Sarah Thomas

    April 15, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I have noticed more phishing emails in the last month. Some are very authentic in appearance. My kids are cautioning me to think before clicking on them.
    Thanks for the warning.

  • joy crane

    April 11, 2020 at 2:13 am

    thank you

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