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
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
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.