Cyber Criminals Target Adventist Church Funds
Personal information not involved; authorities investigating
BY ADVENTIST NEWS NETWORK staff
The world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been the victim of cyber theft which has defrauded the church of approximately five hundred thousand dollars. The theft involved funds that were being transferred on behalf of a denominational entity.
Church officials are cooperating with federal authorities in the ongoing investigation and working with the banks and insurance companies to determine what recoveries may be possible. Although it cannot be ruled out at this time, indications do not suggest any insider involvement.
“No personal information such as private information, personal donor records or internal accounts were accessed or compromised in the scheme,” assured church treasurer Bob Lemon, speaking to the Adventist News Network. “We are modifying procedures to do our best to prevent this from happening again.”
Seventh-day Adventist Church membership officially reached eighteen million members last month and is represented in over two hundred nations.
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