Loutzenhiser's picture

We have some people coming to ccel, gathering information about us and then contacting us by email saying that they are pastors, etc.. and then asking/hinting that you should send them money. I do not know nor can I prove that they are or are not missionaries/pastors. I would strongly suggest that you do not send money or personal contact information (phone numbers/addresses) to anyone that contacts you in this way.

Donate, yes, to those organizations that have denominational/church recognition (IE., Baptist or Roman Catholic backing) or have a verifiable U.S. office.

If you feel that you can not deal with this then i suggest that you either Turn off your contact page [click on the "My Account" link on the upper right margin, then click on the "edit tab", select "account settings", uncheck the "contact settings" at the bottom], or setup an email address for CCEL use only.

I am sorry that this is happening.

Just a thought

Share the names among the group leaders.

Some of the more infamous crooks can be found by typing their names in google.

I let myself get snookered into sending Bibles to a known black market ring in a particular country. Believe it or not, those Bibles went to a group that probably sold them just to make a profit...and asked for more. They found my name and email here on ccel because I post it, and will continue to.

Lesson learned: if you cant confirm the existence of the group through your own missionary board, or some independent way, don't give to it. The next "Pastor" who approached me I had supply their names, addresses, a valid phone number and precise city/state/country so I could call the police and verify they were who they said they were.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett