We have received notification that scammers are at it again. This is the first time to be reported for Bishop Aebischer. For that reason, we thought it would be a good time to revisit this subject.
Some folks are receiving emails claiming to be from Bishop Aebischer asking the recipients to “perform some tasks.” These emails are NOT from Bishop Aebischer.
DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS
Bishop Aebischer will always state a purpose of an email. If you receive one of these emails please let Neal (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the synod office know.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR AND WHAT TO DO
Often spammers use free email services (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) to pretend to be someone they are not. Some of the tricks they use the person’s name, in this case Bishop Aebischer, in the name field. However, if you look at the email address of this email you’ll see that it is a randomized name in front of gmail.com. Another that happens is spammer will put the real email address as the name to try to trick you. In the example above it might read email@example.com — XXXXXX@gmail.com.
Bishop Aebischer only uses firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, please report these emails to Google here:
Religious groups have become easy targets for these types of scams, which take advantage of people’s generosity, and ELCA synods and congregations across the country have seen an marked increase in such attempts over the past few years.
As always, do not click on a link, send money or gift cards, or provide checking account or credit card information in response to ANY emailed solicitation without checking with a trusted source.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.
Thank you for reaching out to us and letting us know of this problem. Please report these abuses to the link above.