Scammers Target Worshipers With Gift Card Scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that scammers are impersonating pastors, rabbis, priests, imams, and bishops and targeting worshipers for gift card contributions through email, text messaging, and phone calls. The scammers attempt to persuade victims to purchase popular gift cards, such as iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, and then provide the gift card number and PIN on the back of the gift card. The emails may be convincing, but a closer look indicates the sender email address is not legitimate and the emails contain spelling errors and are not personalized to the recipient. The NJCCIC recommends users review the FTC post and avoid complying with requests for the purchase of gift cards received via email without confirming the request via a separate means of communication. We highly advise educating others about this and similar threats to prevent victimization. We encourage users to report cyber incidents via the NJCCIC Cyber Incident Report Form, FTC Complaint website, and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website.