Please only trust personal staff emails that come from @united-church.ca
Staff emails from other extensions (ie @gmail, @hotmail) may be email phishing.
“Phishing is a type of online scam where criminals impersonate legitimate organizations via email, text message, advertisement or other means in order to steal sensitive information. This is usually done by including a link that will appear to take you to the company’s website to fill in your information – but the website is a clever fake and the information you provide goes straight to the crooks behind the scam.” – from Webroot.com
Use a critical eye and trust your gut whenever you get an unusual email — like staff asking for cash, gift cards or Bitcoin. United Church of Canada staff will never ask for secrecy or help.
Remember that fundraising and donations are always through legitimate channels (PMRC’s CanadaHelps.org portal, Mission & Service).
You are encouraged to report any spam emails to Google – it does actually make a difference.
You are always welcome to contact the PMRC Office directly (don’t reply to the suspect email) to check the legitimacy of any email that you receive.