E-mail Scam - June 11, 2020

E-mail Scammers Impersonating Fr. Mike 
Stay alert and beware

I've just learned that several of you have received an e-mail as follows:

Hi, how are you today? 

Can you please email me as soon as you get this 

I need you to help me with a favor 

God bless,
Fr. Mike 

That is not from me. Please do not respond to the e-mail. If you respond you will probably receive another e-mail asking you to purchase gift cards. 

Please know that I will not ask anyone to "help me with a favor" or purchase gift cards in this manner. 

A few weeks ago several clergy members, church staff members, and lay leaders received an email from someone claiming to be Bishop Reed and asking them to “run an errand” for him and reply by email as soon as they got his message. This has also happened in other dioceses.

Here are a few things to do to verify an e-mail:
  • If you see only a name in the "From" section hover your cursor over the name to see if the address matches their name.
  • Double-check that the email address matches one they have used to communicate with you in the past or that you may have saved in your contact list.
  • Look for mistakes or misspelled words or in the body of the email. 
  • Does it sound like the person who it is supposedly from? Is it the kind of thing he or she would ask in an e-mail?  
  • Even if the email or text seems legitimate, if a request seems even remotely suspicious or “off,” don’t act on it until you confirm it with a phone call or face-to-face conversation.
  • Delete the false email without replying to it.
The Federal Trade Commission has some information about worshippers being targeted by this kind of scam. 

God's peace be with you,
The Real Mike+ 

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