Go to the source for religious donation requests to avoid a scam
You want to trust an email that arrives in your inbox when it is sent from a religious leader at your church, temple or mosque. But, it may be a new spin on an old scam.
In March, an example of this type of scam happened in Cape Coral. A man showed WINK News texts, claiming to be from his priest at St. Andrew Catholic Church. In the text message, a request for $500 in Google Play gift cards was made to help a friend with cancer.
A scammer sent the text message. To make sure these requests are legit, a retired FBI special agent said to go to the source.
“If you get an email, text or something from someone looking for a donation, go to the original website and start the donation process from there,” said Bret Hood, a retired FBI Special Agent. “This way, you can assure you are giving the money to the real people instead of the scammer.”