I just wanted to raise a bit of awareness regarding one of the latest “angles” that scammers are running.
There is a phishing scam where the scammers create a fake email address (it often includes the name of a priest) and then use it to spam members of the parish. They seem to cull email addresses from parish websites and the like.
The initial message will often be something brief and innocuous such as “Can you email me back as soon as you get this?” But if you reply, you will often be asked to send money or gift cards to a different email address.
I know a number of priests who have been impersonated. It appears to be quite widespread.
Since many posters here are involved with their parish in various ways, I figured some of us might be on the receiving end of such emails (I was…several times).
Here are a few stories about it: