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Estamos observando una nueva variante de las estafas con tarjetas de regalo. Esta vez, los estafadores se hacen pasar por un pastor, un rabino, un sacerdote, un imán o un obispo. Les están pidiendo a los fieles que hagan contribuciones con tarjetas de regalo para una causa valiosa. Los pedidos se suelen hacer por email, pero hemos escuchado casos de gente que también está recibiendo mensajes de texto y llamadas de teléfono.

 

A menudo, los emails falsos incluyen el nombre de un pastor local y un domicilio de email de aspecto legítimo. Pero si se observa mejor, se pueden ver algunas banderas rojas de alerta.  Por ejemplo, el domicilio de email no es el que usa normalmente la iglesia, y el proveedor del servicio de email también es diferente. El mensaje puede empezar con un simple “Hola”, pero no incluye un nombre de destinatario. También se podrían observar algunos errores de ortografía, incluso en el nombre del pastor.

 

Los impostores te piden que compres una tarjeta de regalo popular— frecuentemente de iTunes, Google Play o Amazon — y luego te piden el número de la tarjeta de regalo y el PIN que figura al dorso de la tarjeta. Esos números le permiten al estafador obtener inmediatamente el dinero que cargaste en la tarjeta. Y una vez que está hecho, el estafador y tu dinero desaparecen, habitualmente sin dejar ningún rastro.

 

Si tú o alguno de tus conocidos le pagaron a un estafador con una tarjeta de regalo, reporten el incidente a la brevedad posible. Llama a la compañía de la tarjeta y diles que la tarjeta de regalo se usó en una estafa. Aquí encontrarás la información de contacto de algunas de las compañías de tarjetas de regalo que los estafadores usan con mayor frecuencia. Luego, cuéntaselo a la FTC en ftc.gov/queja. Tus reportes pueden ayudar a las agencias encargadas del cumplimiento de la ley a iniciar investigaciones que podrían ponerles un punto final a los estafadores y defraudadores.

Reporta las estafas con de tarjetas de regalo

Amazon

· Llama al 1 (888) 280-4331

· Infórmate sobre las estafas con tarjetas de regalo de Amazon haciendo clic aquí.

Google Play

· Llama al 1 (855) 466-4438

· Reporta en internet las estafas  con tarjetas de regalo haciendo clic aquí.

· Infórmate sobre las estafas con tarjetas de regalo de Google haciendo clic aquí.

iTunes

· Llama al servicio de ayuda de Apple al 1 (800) 275-2273, luego di “gift card” para que te comuniquen con un representante en directo.

· Infórmate sobre las estafas con tarjetas de regalo de iTunes y cómo reportarlas haciendo clic aquí.

Steam

· Si tienes una cuenta en Steam, puedes reportar las estafas con tarjetas de regalo en internet haciendo clic aquí.

· Infórmate sobre las estafas con tarjetas de regalo de Steam haciendo clic aquí.

MoneyPak

· Llama al 1 (866) 795-7969

· Reporta en internet las estafas con tarjetas de regalo de MoneyPak haciendo clic aquí.

28 Comments

JohnG. (no verificado)
July 29, 2019
Our newly hired church secretary received one of these that seemed to be from our Pastor. She was a bit suspicious, plus she wasn't sure how to do what was asked. Eventually, she and Pastor contacted me as the "IT guy" for our small church. We figured out this guy was sending an email from a South Korean account, and this whole thing was total scam. Too many misspellings, and weird punctuation usage. She stopped responding, and the guy went away. Yes, this real - be very skeptical if you get one of these.
skeptical (no verificado)
July 29, 2019
Although this is a new one for me, what about those who ask that you make them part of your will or donate your stocks and bonds?
Kda51 (no verificado)
July 29, 2019
How low can they go, anyway.?
Just a thought (no verificado)
July 29, 2019
If it's some entity posing as "clergy" asking you to "give" to a cause, how are you supposed to know all of the information they provide in an email, phone call or text is real or not? Usually, they're not posing as , say, your "home" parish or assembly...they're asking from an unknown-to-you "institution" because yours will ask you to your face.
Omars_Comment (no verificado)
July 29, 2019
Scammers gonna scam!
zubair bukhari (no verificado)
July 29, 2019
hi how can i and whom to i talk about my one problem of stole my money.
marina52 (no verificado)
August 01, 2019
Hello, yes I had the same case with iTunes cards a couple of months ago and again and again which people come with the same questions to get the card with different excuses. It is horrible to work on what types of fraudsters
tabburch69 (no verificado)
August 14, 2020
Wow this literally happened to me I believed it until my husband had to tell me he had thought it was a scam
braveslilmama (no verificado)
August 02, 2019
I was notified saying they were a pastor I know and they wanted me to put in for a grant that she was chair person on group giving. I did not give my SSAN but did give other info. I contacted the Pastor to explain. She was not aware of any grant. Individual said his name was Agent Williams Charles. Phone text # 208-503-1706
Murph (no verificado)
August 02, 2019
Simple rule. Never make ANY kind of donation with a gift card of any kind. Use a check or credit card. The best way to donate to your local religious community is in the Sunday collection plate. They'll appreciate a nice sized check!
skootsmom (no verificado)
August 04, 2019
How about them asking for the Google Play to get money for you and just keep on keeping on asking you to send money for everything under the sun and now they want $550. for an attorney fee to get 4 million dollars?????
helper (no verificado)
November 22, 2019

En respuesta a por skootsmom (no verificado)

Don't give anyone any money online or by gift card unless you already have a face-to-face relationship. What you describe here is a SCAM. Stop responding and don't give them anything else.
Don't use your… (no verificado)
August 12, 2019
So, how are the scammers supposedly accessing worshippers’ email addresses? Through the pastor’s email account? This article does not address prevention or how to stop it once it starts; it only addresses reporting once you’ve fallen for it.
Melanie Smith (no verificado)
October 21, 2019

En respuesta a por Don't use your… (no verificado)

Our church uses people management software. I was concerned that the software company's data had been breached - how else would they get our congregants' contact info? The knowledgeable folks there explained that the "bad guys" use something called Open-source intelligence (OSINT) - data collected from publicly available sources to be used in an intelligence context. By looking at information we share online, they can deduce who belongs to a church community. It was eye opening to me.
they think the… (no verificado)
March 26, 2020

En respuesta a por Don't use your… (no verificado)

usually its a fake email most people don't even look at the email address, we get texts too I just act like they have the wrong number. and I even was sitting with my Pastor when I got one one time and I answered back that it was funny that i was with him as getting this text. they won't quit they will go away for a while and come back with a different number.
Don't use your… (no verificado)
August 14, 2019
My wife received a phone call from an old friend (who is also a pastor) who had her convinced she would get any amount she chose either by check of UPS delivery next day of money. She had to go and buy gift cards to offset their costs made out to them. I was skeptical and check into it and discovered the scam (she was heading out the door ). convinced that the next day UPS would deliver her money in cash! TRUE - If it sounds too good to be true its a scam!! Bob
Jeff L (no verificado)
August 15, 2019
This happened to some of our congregants and staff members right after we called our new minister. We put a warning in the next bulletin and weekly newsletter. If it looks suspicious, put your cursor over the sender's name and the true name of the sender will appear. It probably won't be the minister's name!
Belleadara (no verificado)
September 27, 2019
Yes i got scammed but it was Greendot Moneypak tjat scammed me. I purchased a Moneypak for $500.00 on july 2,2019. Couldnt load money toy card sl i requested a refund on line as Greendot instructed. Never received my refund all i got was sorry ypur mpney got paid out this was the response afrer i filed a complaont with BBB. Couldnt see how it got paid out . Funfs never got loaded anywhere and only Greendot & myself new my pin. Greendot took my money & cause great hardship on my children & me. And are doing this to so many people & getting away with it.
Ross (no verificado)
October 25, 2019
I had this happen to me this summer. The email was supposed to come from the pastor where I work while she was on a mission trip. So the story seemed true and I personally bought the itune cards and sent the information. Now out the money. I will definately submit the information even though it happened in June.
Happened To Us Too (no verificado)
December 13, 2019
This just happened to us today. A brand new email address created at Google that pretends to be our pastor with his name and photo. Asked me for $500 of gift cards...scratch off the pin area and send a photo. Crazy!
Don't use your… (no verificado)
August 19, 2020
This gift card scam began with a call allegedly from Amazon about a suspect purchase attempted with my Amazon acct. It first led to attempting to get my bank account data on a refund form. When I hung up, I googled Amazon' phone to report suspicion. The person assured me that the charge was pending and tried to get me two buy gift cards as electronic keys to shut down the various devices' access to the Amazon account and get my refund.
Pastor Laura (no verificado)
January 05, 2021
This is happening more and more! One idea is to encourage all pastors to advise members that "The Pastor and staff of the church will never email or text you asking for money, gift cards or any financial help in an emergency. Such "urgent" requests are scams and should be deleted. The only appeals the church makes are for the regular offerings of the church, given through our regular donation methods." Some pastors have even found it valuable to append this type of reminder to their auto-signature of the emails.
PBobbie (no verificado)
February 09, 2021
I was contacted via text message.
lee447 (no verificado)
March 11, 2021
Just happened to me. Came as text request. Wish I had read this info first. Had the nerve to contact me again the next day. That’s when I realized it was a scam.
Jagros NZ (no verificado)
July 14, 2021
This happened to one of our members recently - an older lady who responded and lost $700 in the process. Started with an email from the senior pastor -"Can you please help me with an urgent problem? I'm in a meeting so don't call, just reply to this email if you can help and I'll get back to you." Then came the sob story about helping a family member overseas who needed urgent medical care but couldn't get access to money because of COVID lockdown. Requested to buy STEAM cards, which she did.
JGOO7 (no verificado)
September 03, 2021
Two days ago I received a text from our Paster asking me to contact him, said he had a favor to ask. I replied and he texted me saying he was in a meeting all day and couldn't get away and wondered I would be able to get some Apple Pay cards for a few women in the hospital suffering from cancer. I am so grateful I asked my son where to buy the cards and he and my husband both heard of this scam. I called the Pastor and of course, it was not him that texted me. Gosh, the lengths they will go.