Internet thieves who spoof, scam, and phish in an attempt to defraud the innocent haven’t forgotten about the church.
Emails have been recently sent by thieves impersonating diocesan priests asking if the recipients of the email could purchase gift cards in some form or another. And thieves aren’t just targeting the Diocese of Wichita, it’s happening all over the country. It’s just the latest scam attempting to defraud already generous people.
Bryan Coulter, diocesan director of Finance & Administrative Services, said don’t fall for it, and that diocesan priests will never request money via email.
“If you aren’t sure if a request is legitimate, contact the parish office to verify,” Coulter said, adding, “As a general rule, you should never give out personal or financially sensitive information over the internet.”
He said another way to check the veracity of a website is to hover over the link. A message box generated by the computer should match the link wording. If not, don’t click on it.