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How to Avoid a $9K Loss

September 5, 2019

Brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed, St. Paul writes in 1st Thessalonians 4:13. I feel the same way about you; hence this, today.

Someone I care greatly about was recently perilously close to losing over $9,000, and has asked me to tell you about it.

Here’s what happens:

You answer your phone and it’s a family member who’s injured. Or in jail. Or some other emergency. You’re asked to send money immediately.

Hit the Pause Button with me: it’s most likely a scam, and you’re about to be robbed. It’s real. It happens.

You love your family. Crooks know that and capitalize on that.

I’ll get out of the way for a moment. —

“These scammers are experts at impersonating people they’ve never even met,” says Emma Fletcher. “Car accident injuries, often broken noses, or uncontrolled sobbing explain away a voice that might not sound quite right.

“Scammers use personal details from social media sites to make their stories more believable. Or they may simply wait for their target to use a name – ‘Steve, is that you?’ – and take the cue.

“According to reports, callers often give very specific instructions about how to send cash. Many people said they were told to divide the bills into envelopes and place them between the pages of a magazine. Then, according to reports, they were told to send them using various carriers, including UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service.”


So what can you and I do? —

+Talk about all of this, say the experts.

+Share my humble blog here with family and friends as a start. Use this link:

Protect yourself

+Don’t recognize the incoming call’s number? Don’t answer. The caller can leave a message. And then if a scam, the voice mail message vs. the emergency-sounding gives you a moment to listen to it a second time, think about what’s going on, hopefully remember reading this, and be able to check with someone & avoid a $9,000 loss.

+Be careful about what you share on social media. If your personal details are public, they can be used to defraud you and your loved ones.

If you get one of these calls

+Don’t act right away, no matter how dramatic the story is, but first…
+…make a phone call directly to the family member or friend you’re being told about, using a familiar phone number you already had…and if that’s not possible,
+…check out the alleged emergency with someone else in your circle, even if the caller told you to keep it a secret…
+…again: even if the caller told you to keep it a secret. (Remember: check with someone & avoid a $9,000 Loss.)

If you’ve mailed cash in response to this scam

+Report it right away to whichever shipping company you used, including UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service.
+Some people have been able to stop delivery by acting quickly and giving a tracking number. Also tell the FTC at

— Again, as St. Paul wrote about something totally different, Brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.

I don’t want you to be a victim.

In my forty-plus years in ministry, I’ve known more than a few people who have received one of these phone calls. It’s terrifying at least and unspeakable at worst.

You sure don’t want you to suffer a loss that’s averaging $9,000! You can find that shocking detail and much more at my source for some of this information,

As the recent recipient of one such scam who talked with me about this says, “If you get one of these calls, check with someone & avoid a $9,000 loss.”

Now then: with whom shall you share this today? Again, for your convenience, use this link:

Do it now.

And I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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