Why Bad People Love Your Church: Fraudsters and Online Giving

Why Bad People Love Your Church: Fraudsters & Online Giving

Your financial admins are ecstatic. When you walk into the office on Monday morning, you learn that your online giving program has earned you an unexpected boost in donations over the weekend. This is fantastic news! That is until you notice that all of these donations were made under suspicious-looking names like “Jane Doe” or “John Smith” — and none of them are for more than a few dollars. In short, you’ve just realized that you are the latest victim, an unwilling participant, in credit card fraud. But why would anyone come after you? Your mission is to make a positive impact, to help your members change the world. So why are you being targeted?

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