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How to Protect Yourself from Email Scams

Unfortunately, many of you have received spam emails that use the rabbi or my name but come from a false email address. One of the false addresses to watch out for is rabbi.tbemadison[at]gmail.com and executivedirector1404[at]gmail.com. These emails have asked for a response or even a gift card. Please know that this is happening to many Jewish leaders nationwide. We have spoken to our computer service provider, and there is nothing that the Temple office can do to prevent this.

To protect yourself against this spam, we advise the following:

1. NEVER click on a link or attachment in a suspicious email.

2. When receiving an email that seems suspicious, always check the email address that it comes from. If your email program does not show the address beside the person's name, you can usually view it by double clicking on the name that the email appears to come from (in the From: field).

3. If you are unsure of whether you should respond to an email, do not click Reply. If you feel the need to respond, click Forward and then type in the valid email address.

The rabbi’s correct email address is rabbi@tbemadison.org, and the cantor's correct email is cantor@tbemadison.org. You can find all our email addresses at https://www.tbemadison.org/clergystaff (hover over or click on the person's name to view the email address).

We apologize for any inconvenience and frustration that this is causing. We will continue to monitor the situation.

February 24, 2020 29 Sh'vat 5780