Be Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves
I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at 10:30, and to thinking aloud with you about an especially poignant Gospel message from Matthew. We'll be waiting for you then at https://www.allsaints-austin.org/LiveWorship.
Your safety is critical to me. That's why we're worshiping from home for now, and that's why I don't you to fall victim to a financial predator. Please don't let your good and generous heart be duped.
I have never asked anyone to send gift cards to me or anyone else, and I never will.
"[email protected]" is not an email address I've ever used. It's a con artist impersonating me. My only legitimate All Saints' email address is
I do from time to time slip and send email from my personal account ([email protected] or [email protected]) by mistake. But never ever from "[email protected]", which is a fraudulent address, and not me. If you ever receive a message from me asking you to send gift cards to me or anyone else, or asking you to do me an unspecified "favor," please know that this ALWAYS is fraud, and that I will NEVER ask you for this kind of thing.
See also my recent message about this at https://www.allsaints-austin.org/blog/avoid-email-phishing-scams/.
When you hear from someone claiming to be me and asking you to send gift cards, and you will, here's what to do:
Don't pay anyone in any way (except in a direct gift to All Saints' Episcopal Church at our published address) based on an email appeal that appears to be from me. Instead, go to https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse, and report the message as fraud. Please also forward a copy of the original message to me.
Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit" (John 10:1), and "Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matthew10:16b). Thank you for your good hearts and healthy skepticism. See you tomorrow.