Recently there has been an increase in emails that appear to come from ministers to congregants asking for help, but are in fact a scam/phishing incident; this is being reported from UU and other religious organizations. Recently, Rev. Kim’s email account was compromised and her password was changed, but not before some people received phishing attempts.
Here are some things to think about if you receive an unusual email from Rev. Kim (or others), particularly those urgently asking for help/money:
- Look at the email address of the sender, next to the person’s name in the header: is the sending address firstname.lastname@example.org?
- Does the message or request “sound” like something Kim would send or request?
- Check the signature: Kim’s emails usually have her name and pronouns, the name of the church and the church website.
When in doubt, don’t respond to a suspicious email, share personal information or send money; don’t click any links or open attachments. Instead, reach out in another way to the sender to confirm the legitimacy of the message or alert them to the issue. Thanks to all who reached out to Rev. Kim, and be safe online!