These instances of fraud underscore the need for every church to institute preventive policies as well as procedures to follow if cybercrime does occur.
Churches, like other organizations, face an onslaught of phishing emails and other attempts at cyberfraud. One mistake can be costly.
Staff at the Florida Baptist Convention thought they were sending mission money to help pay for church planting. Then the money disappeared.
A North Carolina church cheated out of more than $793,000 in funds it had raised to build a new sanctuary has set up GoFundMe account to try to replace some of the stolen money.