If you are a church you will get phone calls, emails, Facebook messages, and regular mail from people trying to scam your church. It’s a sad state of society that people would try to rip off churches, but it is not surprising as churches are generous institutions who seek to help the needy, but often are not particularly knowledgeable about scam tactics. The reality is that if these scams were not working, they wouldn’t be done. Church fraud and scam artists get more and more money from churches each year. Below we’ve listed 4 of the most common church scams, how you can know they are fake, and what you can do about them.
As these types of things become more and more common in our digital world, protecting your church from scams starts with educating yourself and other church staff about potential risks. Your inner spam filter is the best tool to help you not get scammed. If something doesn’t “feel” right, it probably isn’t. So learning about new tactics and always seeking to verify the identity of someone who is asking for money are great first steps. If you believe you might have fallen victim to a church scam, contact us and we’ll be glad to let you know if it’s something we’ve seen before.