Scam Targeting Churches

December 2015

One of the ELCA congregations of the NW Synod of Wisconsin has recently incurred a sizable loss of funds due to an elaborate and sophisticated email scam.  Scammers use email addresses similar to existing church email accounts of pastors and other staff members, often requesting sizable sums of money to be wired for “projects that are URGENT and CONFIDENTIAL”.  The scammers prey on treasurers and /or accountants, often impersonating the pastor in making these persistent requests.  Unfortunately, local law enforcement units are all too familiar with these unfortunate scams which seem to be focused on churches as their next victims.  You are encouraged to contact those within your congregations who have access to your church’s bank accounts and make them aware of this potential scam.