SCAM EMAIL ALERT!
Please be advised that there is a nationwide scam that has affected several parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The particular scam is titled the "Gift Card" scam. In this scam, the parishioners of a parish are the targets. An unknown person creates an email address account which contains the pastor's name or the name of the church. An email is then sent to parishioners requesting them to purchase gift cards and then proceed to tell the unknown person the numbers off of the backs of the cards. After the person received the numbers, they stopped sending emails.
Multiple parishioners have been receiving emails from a fake Gmail account posing as Fr. Wild. Please do not respond to any request for money. The fake address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a general rule, if anyone asks you for money by purchasing gift cards, it is a scam. Please inform anyone who you think may be susceptible to this kind of scam, especially the elderly. Our parish staff deeply regrets this deceitful attempt to victimize our parishioners. Again, please do not respond to the email.
Fr. Jerry Wild
Please see the following example of the scam:
PEACE OF CHRIST
Hi Deacon, I need a favor from you. Please email me back as soon as possible.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanking and Regards,
Fr. Jerome Wild