Scam Alert

It has come to my attention that someone (posing as me and using my name) is texting people and asking them to buy gift cards for me to help others in need. Please be advised that this is a scam and the text did NOT come from me.

Birmingham and Berkley First clergy or staff will never communicate via personal email or text asking for gift cards or money to be used in such a manner. We always work through our carefully established church structures and protocols for transparency, protection, and efficiency.

When in doubt, check it out. Before you are inclined to act on your willingness to help, please talk with us personally. If you get any of these texts or emails, please delete them and do not click on any links or attachments.

Should you receive a suspicious text or email, Consumer Affairs recommends the following:

  1. Do not reply to the text or email. Legitimate companies will not ask you to verify your identity through unsecured channels, like text or email.
  2. Do not click on any links within the message. Links can install malware on your device and take you to spoof sites to try to get your information.
  3. Report the message to your cell phone carrier and forward any suspicious emails or texts to the FTC via

Stay alert and be safe,

Pastor Elbert