We continue to hear from dozens of you each week about an ongoing email scam in which a scammer impersonating Rev. Mark asks for financial assistance. Just a reminder that “Display name spoofing” is a new type of targeted email attack in which you receive an email displaying the name of someone you know, or an executive in a company, or a person in authority, but the email address imbedded in the name is incorrect. The email will request a personal “favor” of some kind. Unfortunately, recipients of the fraudulent email will rely on the display name without checking the email address behind it.
Emails continue to be sent to St. Andrew constituents bearing Rev. Mark’s name in the “sender” box. The email will say something like, “I need a favor from you, email me as soon as you get my message.” Those who have responded to these fraudulent emails have received emails asking for Amazon gift cards to support a friend who is suffering from cancer, etc…
Please do not respond to any suspicious emails requesting assistance from Rev. Mark, or any other St. Andrew staff. Always check the sender email address to make sure it is an official “gostandrew.com” account. Any email that includes “gmail.com” in the domain will be fraudulent. Please know that we will never send you an email asking for personal/financial assistance. Our IT team is working on solutions to prevent this email scam but, unfortunately, any bad actor can create a gmail.com account with a fraudulent display name. When in doubt, please reach out to us directly using our contact form, which will directly link you to our official email accounts.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to resolve this issue.