It has come to my attention that we have church members that are being targeted for scams. Scams can be presented in a variety of forms, such as through the phone, computer, mail, or by a personal visit. A scam’s intent is generally to secure money, gather private information, or cause damage to one’s property. While I am certainly not an expert in securing oneself from scams, I can offer the following points:
- Don’t answer any non-identifiable calls, texts, or emails.
- Never give out your social security number.
- Use extreme caution when placing charges on your debit or credit card. Credit cards generally have a better layer of protection than debit cards.
- If it is too good to be true, then it’s probably too good to be true.
- Always verify the source (even if it sounds legitimate). For example, random calls claiming to be the police, your bank, or the IRS need to be verified before giving out any information.
- Be wary of any email or text that displays a link without an accompanied message. Links that stand alone tend to be pathways to viruses. Avoid opening unrecognizable links.
- Do not give out personal information unless you completely trust the source.
- Close your computer when not in use or turn it away from the view of the main room.
- Call your police department if you are not sure of yourself. Better to be cautious than to be a victim.
Should you suspect that someone is trying to scam you, tell someone so that others may be alerted. There is no reason to be scared in life, but there is a reason to be careful.Pastor Rene'