HOUSTON – Lakewood Church is warning members they could be targeted by identity thieves in the wake of a $600,000 theft from a safe in the church office discovered Monday.
Houston police said about $200,000 in cash was taken. Tuesday church officials sent out an email to members warning that those who donated another $400,000 by check or credit card should watch their accounts to ensure they aren't hacked by identity thieves.
The email reads:
We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen from the church over the weekend. This includes cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, and it is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014.
If you made a contribution during these weekend services, we would encourage you to pay close attention to your accounts over the next several days and weeks and report any suspicious activity to your financial institution or credit card company immediately.
It is important to note this was not an electronic data breach, but was instead limited to donations made in the services on March 8 and 9, 2014. You were not affected if you put your offering in a drop box, you gave online or through other electronic means, or you made a bookstore purchase. We are working with the police to fully investigate the incident.
The funds were fully insured, and we are working with our insurance company to restore the stolen funds to the church. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact our Customer Service Department at 713-491-1506.
The integrity of our congregants' information is of utmost importance to us. And, we would like to thank you for your continued support."
Carl Galka and his wife Hermilinda attended service both Saturday and Sunday and left personal checks in the collection plate.
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