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Choice News SATURDAY, DEC 18, 2004  |  8 comments
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Scam Emails Targeting SermonAudio Listeners
Attention everyone!

It has come to our attention that scam emails are being sent to our listeners making it appear that they are originating from SermonAudio or our broadcasters. Please be aware of this falsehood and attack on the integrity of this site and on our broadcasters.

Please Note: The email address supplied to receive our weekly newsletter is completely kept private in our system and is in no way accessible to scammers or spammers. Your information stays privately here with SermonAudio. Period. Our privacy policy..

Also, please note: When you submit your email address on the SermonAudio site either in the guestbook, as a comment, or on your homepage, NO ONE can see your actual email address. Now, people will still be able to SEND you an email message via the "middle-man" form on our site. But they will not KNOW your actual address unless you respond to the email.

Finally, always use caution when you receive emails with attachments!

The following is the original notice we received from a listener:

Hello,

I just wanted to alert you that someone is using your list to cull names for deviant activities. I was sent an initial email from "Evangelist Greg Locke." I was told that, in a vision, it was related that a special blessing was waiting for me and that the Lord required something great of me. "Greg Locke" was to pray for me with his prayer warriors. Meanwhile, I was to fast, pray, read scriptures and sing a spiritual song. I was to pray for a revelation of this special work that I was to do. I was to contact them when the fast was broken. Of course, there was no revelation. But that was no problem, because they had one when they were fasting and praying for me! I was to send my "titles" and offerings to an orphanage in the U.K.

I have contacted the real Greg Locke via telephone and he was aware of this scam that was being perpetrated in his name.

Could you please warn the people on your site that this activity is taking place, so that they will not be taken in?

Thank you. God bless.

FIRST FALSE SCAM EMAIL EXAMPLE
Beloved [user]

I bring you greetings in the matchless name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Beloved, the Lord spoke to me concerning you and your family in a Vision. I want you to know that the favor of God is upon you and that God have found you worthy of his divine blessing. God sent me a Revelation about you and your family, God opened my eyes to see an open Heaven filled with blessings, breakthrough and supernaturally favour, coming upon your family. But beloved, you need to do something great for God, God wants you to prepare your self as a living sacrifice and as an obedient vessel for his kingdom work on earth, and He needs you to give him your entire Life. Beloved, you have to be strong in your prayer life, and you have to always study your bible.

As a matter of Fact, God said I should have a joint prayer session with you this week, and that I should pray for your whole family matters, and all I need is for you to set aside tomorrow for us to pray. This is your date with destiny and I believe that your best days are ahead. I will like you to pray and ask God to reveal to you what he needs you to do for him in his kingdom, also the Lord reveal that in this fasting and praying period you should study Malachi 3 Vs 6 18, Matthew 25 Vs 31 46. Beloved, I will like you to study those verses. The Spirit revealed that the fasting should be held tomorrow. All you need to do is to start the fasting and praying at your home by 6am with a worship song and prayer, and after that you can go out for your normally daily activities, and by 12noon you will have to break the fasting and praying with a short prayer where ever you are then. And immediately after you have broken the fasting I will like you to write me a mail informing me that you have broken it. And I will be at the church praying and fasting with my prayer warriors concerning you. For the Lord said in Matthew 18:19,20 "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst."

Remain Blessed in Jesus Name. Amen Thanks

Evangelist Greg Locke

SECOND FALSE SCAM EMAIL EXAMPLE
Beloved,

Calvary greetings to you in the name of the Lord, I bring greetings to you and your family in Jesus name, you are blessed and remain blessed in Jesus name. I thank you for taking a very great step of having a date with Christ, and I know that God will bless you for this; you and your family will be greatly blessed for this wonderfully date with Christ.

As a matter of fact, as we were having the fasting and praying session, the Lord now showed me a clear revelation concerning you and your family, God revealed to me that he needs you, for a divine mission in the kingdom, for a very unique purpose, to give hope to the less privileged people. Beloved, listen to the words of the Holy Spirit, Thus says the Lord of hosts, prepare a special title and a bountifully offering for the Lord today, but this title and offering will not be brought to the LORD sanctuary, but this substance shall be used as a charity gift, which shall be sent to an orphanage Home, which I the Lord of hosts have revealed to my Servant. Thus says the Lord of hosts. Beloved, the Lord have spoken to you this day, and he revealed to me of an orphanage home, which the Lord of hosts have chosen for this divine purpose, revealing only the email address of the orphanage home (trinity_childheart_org@yahoo.co.uk) in a vision. And all you need to do is to pray and write to this orphanage home immediately, asking them on how this charity gift (title and offering) will be sent to their orphanage home. Sending of this charity gift must be done immediately, for there is a great revelation of breakthrough, divine favour, divine connections which the Lord have prepared for you and your family, and which will be unfolded to you, immediately you have obeyed the voice of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts.

Remain blessed as you obey the voice of the Lord.

Evangelist Greg Locke

As usual, please exercise caution when opening any emails regardless of this current attack. Scams and attacks like these are not new but it does serve to remind us that there are those who would seek to disrupt our mission and harm our cause. In light of this, we ask that you continue to keep this site in your prayerful support.

Thank you,
Steven Lee
Founder, SermonAudio.com

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News Item12/3/06 3:25 PM
SermonAudio.com  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by SermonAudio.com
As stated in the above article...

When you submit your email address on the SermonAudio site either in the guestbook, as a comment, or on your homepage, NO ONE can see your actual email address unless you reply to their email. Now, people will still be able to SEND you an email message via the "middle-man" form on our site. But they will not KNOW your actual address. So, you will be quite safe from the "bad guys" harvesting email addresses.

Also in regards to the weekly newsletters, we NEVER expose the email addresses submitted to ANYONE. Period. It is kept for our own weekly newsletter and that's it! We take the matter of email privacy VERY seriously as we too are annoyed with the plague of spam in our day.

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News Item12/3/06 1:21 PM
Dessie | WV  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dessie
Satan is using a lot of demons to hurt
men of God that are doing there very
best, by God's Grace, to submit sermons
to this site. This is a precious site
to me and I just consider the source
when comments are made on sermons,
surveys, and news items. We must
remember a pastor is preaching to his
church and he might be privy to things
that are occuring there. If he is
preaching truth, do not E-Mail him and
hurt his heart. You will stand before
God for that!!! We all should
be spiritual enough to understand that.
Thank you and Love in the Lord.
Thank you Sermon-Audio.
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News Item12/3/06 11:58 AM
s.mills | uk  Find all comments by s.mills
how do these people get my email adress?
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News Item2/11/06 10:59 PM
Sarah | CANADA  Contact via email
I have been bombarded with email scam letters on in my box. All a sob story to help claim millions$. I knew it was a scam as my husband a few years back almost got swamped into an almost identical email. Nowadays, I know I shouldnt open it, but I put the scripture from the book of Revelation21:8. that all liars shall hve their part in the lake of fire..etc. I put it in big giant font size 28 and bold italics. and then resend it back to sender. I just copy and paste the same message. With the hope that that word will jump out at them. I got one back, demanding why I am attackin them. ......but, its sad that they prey on people's goodwill. Like my friend previously said, God is watching them. amen
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News Item6/20/05 10:00 AM
Edna Croucher | Somerville Ma  Contact via email
I too was sent an initial email from "Pastor Darlene Bishop" I was told that, in a vision, it was related that a special blessing was waiting for me and that the Lord required something great of me. "Greg Locke" was to pray for me with his prayer warriors. Meanwhile, I was to fast, pray, read scriptures and sing a spiritual song. I was to pray for a revelation of this special work that I was to do. I was to contact them when the fast was broken. Of course, there was no revelation. But that was no problem, because they had one when they were fasting and praying for me! I was to send my "titles" and offerings to an orphanage in the U.K.
I will be contacting Darlene Bishop ministries to let her know this is happening to her.
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News Item5/12/05 4:40 PM
Sendia Smith | United States  
I am sorry to say that I signed a guest book on Darlene Bishops site I too got the very same message, to fast
then to come and give to this orphange.

Not that i personally mind, however I already support 2 ministers as well as giving tythe to my own church.

This is very sad
May the person that is doing this
I speak the blessing over them b'cuz
I can not curse them however for that I will be blessed anyways. They will need it when they see the Lord...

Nothing escapes him.

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News Item12/27/04 9:50 AM
steenson | GA  
Good news. We made a discovery that may solve our downloading problem... For several weeks, I have been unable to get past the HTML box and "save target location".
After clicking on the HTML box and "save target location", I manually add " .mp3" after the file name.
Example: if the sermon is labeled "12345", we save it as "12345.mp3"
Evidently when asked to download, our computer does not initially recognize a MP3 file, so we give it a little help.

We hope this is a permanent solution.
Maybe this will be useful to others experiencing a disabled HTML box.

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News Item12/19/04 4:36 PM
Jim | Nebraska  
It seems like many worldly people are using mailing lists, and sad to say, the one for SermonAudio seems to be highly attractive to them. If you leave your email address, and start leaving messages here, I would be surprised if you didn't start getting up to 40 or more junk pieces of mail a day.

On the bright side, you have many pieces of trash mail to train your spam filter on Mozilla or Thunderbird. :-(

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