North Carolina Attorney General Warns Churches of Email Scam Hitting State

North Carolina Attorney General Warns Churches of Email Scam Hitting State
March 2, 2016

If you get an email from your boss asking to wire a bunch of money for urgent and confidential situations, it's likely a scam.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office reports that several religious organizations have reported the scam to their banks. One church has already fallen victim as the scam makes its rounds throughout the state.

Using software that fakes the email address of a pastor or high-level person at the church, scammers email someone in the finance office asking the employee to send thousands of dollars to handle an urgent and confidential situation. Since the money is sent through bank-to-wire transfer, the money is gone for good.

The scam is often used on small businesses, but churches have recently become a target.

If you believe you, your church, business or an employee has been approached by a scammer, report it to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.