Please only trust personal staff emails that come from @peninsulaunited.com
Staff emails from other extensions (ie @gmail, @hotmail) may be email phishing.
If you receive an email from one of our staff members that seems unusual or suspicious — like staff asking for cash, gift cards or Bitcoin - it is a scam. We will never email asking you for money of any kind.
We encourage you to report any spam emails to Google – it does actually make a difference. You are always welcome to contact the Peninsula United Church Office directly (DO NOT reply to the suspect email) to check the legitimacy of any email that you receive.
It has also come to our attention that some people have been getting calls that look like they are coming from the Crescent site but it is a recorded message saying that it is from Border Security and that an arrest warrant had been issued in their name. This is a scam. If you get one of these calls, hang up and do not respond as it is from someone spoofing our phone number.
Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Scammers often use neighbour spoofing so it appears that an incoming call is coming from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or a government agency that you may already know and trust.
We are trying to find out if there is anything we can do, but as with the email phishing, it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to stop.
For more information see CRTC phone spoofing.