Over the past few days, several people in the Great Plains Annual Conference has received a GoFundMe request for a contribution that looks to be written on Great Plains letterhead.
The request was for a 3-year-old boy in Oregon who was diagnosed with a rare form of anemia. Through several searches, we found not only any connection in the Great Plains to the boy but did not even find the original request on GoFundMe.
The GoFundMe email included several grammatical mistakes, one of the telltale signs of a scam. Also, be sure to check that the sender is the “From” line matches the person you believe has sent the email, including a legitimate address. The conference will rarely, if ever, solicit funds for an individual, regardless of how touching the story may be.
Remember to be vigilant when receiving email – especially email that’s asking for money.
The fake email is below so you can identify it should you receive something similar in your email.