Facility Management

The Church and Avoiding Fraud

Even in the realm of church and worship endeavors, fraud is unfortunately prevalent. Here are practical tips to arm yourself against these threats.

Timothy J. Fancher  ·  August 21, 2017

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Even in the realm of church and worship endeavors, fraud is unfortunately prevalent. Case in hand, an email was recently sent out to the 2017 WFX exhibitors and speakers regarding attempts of fraud surrounding the show. Is your church susceptible to these threats as well? Yes, and this brief article will outline some common tips to help recognize potential fraud.

When teaching seminars a simple concept is taught, “We all have a sixth sense, it is simply all five senses working in perfect harmony.”

This also can be referred to as being street smart. In short, if something feels wrong, it probably is.

Practically speaking, for online and internet safety, unless you initialized the phone call, never give out any personal information of any kind.

If you are booking a room, get the number yourself off their website. If you are reserving a room online, make sure you have firewall protection and other basic computer safety programs installed and active.

WFX Cautionary Warning

WFX has issued a warning to remind everyone that WFX has no affiliation with room brokers.  WFX has organized a room block and negotiated competitive room rates on your behalf with the hotel property listed on our website ONLY. No individual or company has been authorized on our behalf to solicit your housing business. You should contact the hotel by the method outlined above to make your reservations. If you are contacted by an unauthorized housing provider, please notify show management immediately at wfxservices@ehpub.com with as many details as possible.

Also in general, if someone begins to ask you seemingly innocent questions like where you are from, what high school you went to, the name of your favorite pet, these are red flags. This can be in-person, or even someone you just met. This can be an attempt to steal your password or pass a security test at your bank. Remember, people who do this are very good at what they do; it will not be a bullet list of questions. It will be part of a seemingly innocent conversation.

Unfortunately (but not without merit sometimes), Christians are seen as soft targets. This means we are perceived as more gullible. It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of anything from a great church service or something like the WFX Expo.

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Timothy J. Fancher
Is the founder of Psalm 144 Church Protection Seminars. Tim earned his Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University (ORU) in 2013, a Associates of Science in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Sociology in 2010 from Columbia College. Fancher is a former police officer, a street safety and church security expert and has been a professional street self-defense instructor since 1999 with over 30 years of martial arts experience. Fancher is also the founder of American Street Edge Self-Defense systems and has a 4th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate, specializing in teaching kids’ abduction prevention and physical fitness classes. Fancher lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fancher can be reached through www.psalm144.org
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