Safeguard Your Mailed-in Offerings
By Ken Sloane
The FBI issued an Emerging Intelligence Report on June 21, 2021, warning U.S. religious organizations and nonprofits that they are being targeted by Romanian Organized Crime groups to steal mailed donation checks, as reported on the website of the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).
Various news media outlets reported in May that checks totaling almost $1 million have been stolen from churches across the country. The theives visited churches on days when there were no services and removed all the mail from the on-site mailbox – including envelopes with checks. The checks were then deposited by the suspects into dummy accounts they had established, and the funds were later withdrawn using ATMs.
To prevent your church from being the next victim, take steps now to secure your mailed-in donations. For helpful ideas, check out this article from Discipleship Ministries:
Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.