Let's say your church leader, or even a good church friend, sends you an email wanting help.
They want you to help women battling cancer.
When Mary Griffin got an email from her pastor, she obliged. She bought the gift cards as instructed.
But as soon as she found out, she'd been scammed and lost the hundreds of dollars.
It's a scam you or your friends could see soon.
You may say, "I would never fall for this one!" But in Mary's case, the thieves used the pastor's real name.
They created a lookalike email address and signed the email as the pastor would. The scammers even chose a charity that the pastor actually worked with.
That would be a tough one to decipher, but whenever you are asked to buy gift cards and give them the numbers, it's a scam.
When you are asked to wire money, it's a scam.
No matter who sends an email, a text or letter asking for money, ALWAYS follow up to make sure you're not being duped.