This screenshot is a picture from Chris Rudella’s phone. I do go by Pastor Brian Choi, that is my name and title. And Carole is Chris’ wife. SO this text of “me” is getting to Carole, through Chris’ phone number.
I DID NOT WRITE THIS TEXT AND THAT IS NOT MY PHONE NUMBER (ON TOP).
What is bizarre is that I do not have Chris’ number saved anywhere on my computer, email, or phone.
So, this scammer is using me, has knowledge that I am a pastor, and knows that Carole is a congregation member, but has used Chris’ number, which I do not have. That is so strange and also scary.
How do they get all this information? I have no idea. Honestly, if they hacked my phone or email, then wouldn’t they just use Carole’s number that is saved in my contact list? SO that is not something they did. Somehow, they scammers figured out I am a pastor, which isn’t hard to figure out. But they also found out that Carole is a church member and also somehow connected that Chris’ number (Carole’s spouse).
I have seen this kind of text message or email being sent around. So be careful!
I am writing this blog to everyone. Do not get scammed. First off, pay attention to the number or email. If it isn’t a number or email address you recognize, they it might be a scam, even if the message or email says the person you know and recognize, it’s still a warning.
Also, even if it is a number or email you do recognize… but the message sounds bizarre like “a matter or request that needs to be handled discreetly” and also that “I can only be contacted through this text or email.” And “do not call.” These are all warning signs.
I would never make a text message like this. And typically, whatever the matter is, and if it is serious, I always call-in person. I never handle sensitive matters through email or text. I would never ask anyone to just text me or just email me. Even if I have a meeting I am going, just call, even if I can’t pick up, I can call you back as soon as I can. It is not a big deal.
Again…. Don’t get scammed. I am assuming that if you respond this this text, then the person posing to be me is going to ask your help to give me money, possibly through gift cards or some other matter. I would never ask you for money. And even in the off chance I do need to ask you for money, I am not going to ask you in text or email! I would ask you in person or give you a phone call!
Be careful and be alert and do not get scammed. Honestly, if you receive any email or text from me that is asking for money. Always call my cell number even if I insist not to call. Always good to make sure and be careful.
Be safe everyone and God bless.
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