Have you ever received an email from someone in Africa who wants to give you 10 million dollars? They tell you that all you have to do is send them your banking information and they will deposit the money in your account. As you read those emails, it becomes very obvious that this is a scam. However, as technology improves, so do the scammers. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of a new type of deceptive email that is being sent to many pastors and church members who love missions.Recently, BIMI has received word about several of our missionaries who are supposedly "stuck" in some country, needing a large amount of money to get to some other destination. Notification about the missionary's "situation" comes to us through concerned family, friends, church members or supporting pastors. The email they received looks legitimate because all of the addresses to which it was sent belong to people who regularly communicate with the missionary. Additionally, the plea for help sounds genuine since there is personal information used throughout the correspondence. All of this is possible because someone has hacked into the missionary's email account and has read his emails. This enables the hacker to gain all of the missionary's email addresses and to read all of his past emails. As the old emails are read, personal information is gained and then used to make the bogus appeal for help sound very realistic. If you contact the missionary via email to ask for more information, the response will not come from the missionary (although you used his address). Rather, it will come from the one who has stolen the missionary's email account. This makes the counterfeit situation seem even more legitimate. There are several ways to verify the alleged circumstances. First, you can call and speak directly to the missionary (who you will find is not "stuck" in a country needing cash). Second, you can call the missionary's sending church. If a missionary is indeed in trouble, his sending church should be able to give you the details of the problem. Additionally, you should call the mission board with whom the missionary serves and inquire about the situation. You may ask yourself, "How could anyone fall for something like this?" Please know that these emails are extremely convincing. We are aware of many unsuspecting Christians who have given large amounts of money to rescue a missionary who was never actually in trouble. I have even heard about someone who gave a large portion of their retirement savings only to find out later that it was all a hoax. Please don't be fooled and please help us spread the word so that others will not be fooled.