Unfortunately, there are many scammers looking for opportunities to take advantage of non-suspecting individuals in many different ways. Please be aware of schemes that may be circulating among or seemingly from Community of Christ members, friends and Mission Centre Leadership.
Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal and financial information. If you reply, the next email may ask you to purchase a gift card on their behalf or to provide personal information.
Phishing is the act of sending communications that appear to be legitimate but are fraudulent. Phishing emails often contain malicious attachments or links to malicious websites. Threat actors carry out phishing attacks to trick you into disclosing sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, social insurance numbers, or banking credentials.
Threat actors can carefully craft emails that look convincing or legitimate. For instance, a threat actor may send emails that use personal information about an individual within Community of Christ by using publicly available information from the church's website or social media accounts.
Given our desire to trust (and the number of emails we receive daily), it can be easy to believe the content we read in these emails, reply to the email, click on embedded links, or open attachments. However, attachments may contain malicious software, and the links may direct you to malicious websites. Even if an email comes from someone you know, you should always think twice before clicking links or opening attachments.
Identifying malicious emails
Malicious emails can be difficult to identify, but there are some steps you should take to determine whether emails are legitimate or fake:
Handling malicious emails
Handle suspicious emails with care. When in doubt, avoid opening suspicious emails and contact the sender by another means (e.g. phone call) to confirm they contacted you.
Do not click on links, attachments or QR codes provided in emails. If you are being asked to log in to an account for an unsolicited reason, do not click the link. Do not open attached files and avoid scanning QR codes. Instead, visit the company’s website by manually entering the URL in your web browser or search for the website through a search engine.
For further information including how to report suspicious emails, visit Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Government of Canada.
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