In Matthew 10:16, Jesus said, “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves”(NRSV). Those words are always applicable online. Recently, several members of the congregation have encountered internet scams. In addition to the scams from companies you’ve never heard of before, there are scams that appear to be from Microsoft, Apple, and countless other legitimate companies. I would urge you to be cautious anytime you are asked for private information in an interaction you did not initiate. If in doubt, call a family member who is younger* than you are and ask their advice.
*It’s not that the younger person is smarter than you are, it’s just that they’re better adjusted to technology and can more easily spot a fraud. This is a service I sometimes provide for family members from whom I regularly seek advice.