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.
- Don’t text back. Legitimate companies won’t ask you to verify your identity through unsecured channels, like text or email.
- 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.
- 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.