Phishing Scam


Attention FPC members,

Recently, we have received concerns that there have been some suspicious emails sent using our pastors' names and similar church email addresses asking for gift cards, money, or other favors. These are phishing emails, and we ask you please note that First Presbyterian's staff would never ask you to buy gift cards or send money directly.

Phishing has been around for a long time but continues to grow increasingly sophisticated and persuasive. Phishers may perfectly mimic logos, use email addresses that sound legitimate, and include familiar-sounding language.

We are glad this has been brought to our attention, but unfortunately, it is impossible to stop these emails.They are not the same as hacking, in which a person’s real email address is compromised; in phishing attempts, emails are sent through fake email addresses that look real and use complicated systems that hide the originating email address.

If you receive a suspicious email or text message and aren’t sure if it’s real or not, the best option is to not reply to that email, but to call the person or organization it claims to be from.

The Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Infrastructure website provides more information on identifying and reporting phishing emails.

Thank you