Email security best practices

Spam emails are an unfortunate part of the online environment, and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its members are not immune from this problem.

Hackers often use names of real people to create fake email accounts, and they send “phishing” emails to real accounts in hopes of obtaining personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, etc.

If you receive an email from an LCMS employee, please verify that the address ends in “” If the email doesn’t end in “,” please:

  • Don’t open the email.
  • Don’t click on any links.
  • Don’t open any attachments.
  • Don’t unsubscribe.
  • Don’t reply in any way.
  • Delete the email immediately.
  • You may also mark the email as “Spam” or “Junk” so your email service provider can hopefully filter and prevent phishing emails from going to your Inbox.

More resources may be found from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.

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