Beware of Email Scams

We have received reports from parishioners receiving scam emails from an imposter who creates an email address using our pastor, Fr. Jim's name and then sends a phony email asking for money in the form of gift cards or to click on the email and respond to him. This is a scam, Fr. Jim does not use a Gmail account. Delete these emails if you receive one and do not click on the email address or send anything.  

Be cautious - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has three important recommendations that might save you, the consumer, from being ripped off.

  1. Don’t text back. Legitimate companies won’t ask you to verify your identity through unsecured channels, like text or email.
  2. Don’t 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’s spam text reporting number. If you’re an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, or Bell customer, you can forward the text to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge.

The best advice might be to forward any suspicious emails or texts to the FTC via [email protected]. The FTC recommends that you also cc: the organization impersonated in the email/message -- a step that might give the scammer some pause before going ahead with their scheme.

If at all possible, include the full email header. Header information is typically hidden, but a quick search for “full email header” and the name of your email service (for example, Yahoo) will give you the steps necessary to find that information.