There is a new spin on gift card scams. This time, scammers are pretending to be a pastor, rabbi, priest, imam, or a bishop. They’re asking worshipers for gift card contributions for a worthy cause. Appeals are often made by email, but people are also getting texts and phone calls. The bogus emails often include the name of the local pastor and a legitimate looking email address. But a closer look should raise some red flags. For example, the email address isn’t the one normally used by the church, and the service provider is different, too. The message may begin with a simple “Hi,” but doesn’t include a recipients’ name. There also may be spelling errors, including the pastor’s name The imposter asks you to buy a popular gift card- frequently, iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon – and then asks for the gift card number and PIN on the back of the card. Those numbers let the scammer immediately get the money you loaded onto the card. And once that’s done, the scammer and your money are gone, usually without a trace. Stay alert and protect your money.