We received reports this past week of emails sent from a spammer impersonating a Gmail account of our pastor, Fr. Jim. The subject of the email was typically GOD BLESS YOU and they requested a reply (often times, it was a request of a gift card, such as iTunes). If you receive this email, please do not respond. This is an example of the tactics used by spammers to receive money or personal information from you.
This particular spoofing email scam seems to be targeting Catholic parishes and dioceses throughout the United States for the past several months. Other dioceses have reported that the emails are sent repeatedly every few weeks or months.