Email Phishing

We’ve seen a significant increase in fake emails that appear to be from Simon, asking for a favor and then asking for money or gift cards, like this one:

From: The Rev. Dr. Simon J. Mainwaring <smainwaring.allsaintsatlanta@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 10:49 AM
To: johndoe@gmail.com
Subject: BLESS YOU JOHN

How are you?

I need a favor from you, please email me back as soon as you get this message.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Peace and Blessings,
The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring

 

This type of email scam is called phishing, which is an attempt to get personal information or money by pretending to be a trustworthy company or individual. Phishing has been around for a long time and attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Many messages can appear to be completely legitimate.

Here are some tips to protect yourself:

  1. If something about an email message seems off, even just a little, stop and review it carefully before you reply. Do not open any attachments or click any links.
  2. Look carefully at the sender’s email address. Hover your mouse over their name to see what email address they used. If the display name is “All Saints” or “Simon” but the email address is anything other than [name]@allsaintsatlanta.org, do not click anything or respond.
  3. It’s much easier to identify a phishing scam on your computer than your smartphone. If a message seems suspicious, wait to investigate until you’re able to view the email on a computer.
  4. Look out for misspellings and poor/ strange/ uncharacteristic writing overall.
  5. Consider the context of the message. For example, it’s very unlikely that a member of our staff or clergy will ever need anything from you urgently, so if the sender says they need something immediately, especially if they ask you to click a link, log in to a website, or send money, do not click anything. We will never ask you for money outside of a pledge campaign.

If you’re unsure about a message you’ve received from a clergy person or staff member, please call our office to verify.

Here are some additional resources to avoid becoming the victim of a scam:

And here is where you should report phishing scams:

 

Please to open a new message to in your mail program.