FRAUD ALERT: SCAMMERS IMPERSONATING CLERGY IS ON THE RISE
Scammers are pretending to be Fr. Jeff and are sending text messages and sometimes emails asking for assistance.
Please note that Fr. Jeff or any staff member will not send a text message asking for assistance in this manner.
Things to look for when you receive a request like this are:
- Verify cell phone number. Most of these text messages do not come from a phone number with a local area code.
- Verify first, pay second. Email accounts can become compromised and an email you receive may be fake. If you receive payment instructions in an email from what appears to be a trusted customer or vendor, call the individual who made the request, prior to initiating payment, to ensure it is an authentic request. Never use the phone number listed in an email. Call a phone number you know to be theirs.
- Scrutinize Overpayments. A popular scam is to request a refund by cashier’s check or wire transfer for an alleged overpayment that was deposited into your account. Be sure to question how the overpayment occurred and wait for the initial deposit to clear before initiating a refund.
- Beware of confidentiality. Whenever wire transfer instructions specify keeping the transaction a secret, verbally verify with an authorized individual or the person requesting the transaction.
- Take your time and be cautious. A common red flag of a perpetrator is trying to rush a wire transfer or payment.
- Verify Changes. Any time you receive new payment instructions or a change to existing payment instructions, verbally confirm with a trusted source that they sent the request.
- Double Check Email Addresses. A common trick is to slightly modify a trusted email address. For example, [email protected] might be changed to [email protected] Another common trick is for a fraudster to spoof a display name to look like the email is coming from a trusted source. To verify the sender of a payment request, use your computer cursor to hover over the display name in the “From” field to verify it is the email address of a trusted source. Illegitimate emails will show a different email address.
- Use Forward Instead of Reply. Do not reply to an email with a wire or payment request. Instead, forward the email to the email address that you have on file.
2020 Election Aides
A divided country. Fights at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate?
As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.
When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. As Catholics, we must model a better way. We invite you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.
Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.
Take the pledge below as an individual, family, or community. Anyone and everyone can commit together to honoring human dignity through civil conversation.
To recognize the human dignity of those with whom I disagree, treat others with respect, and rise above attacks when directed at me.
To root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. I will stand up for my convictions and speak out when I witness language that disparages others' dignity, while also listening and seeking to understand others’ experiences.
To encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that I honor the dignity of others and invites others to do the same. I will presume others’ best intentions and listen to their stories with empathy. I will strive to understand before seeking to be understood.
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