Church warns of email scamMay 16, 2019
From Local Sources
JASPER — At approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday evening it was discovered there was an active scam being worked by email and text using the identity of Father Ray Brenner of St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Jasper Police Department was notified.
Emails with the headline “Many Blessings” were being sent from firstname.lastname@example.org., which is not Father Brenner’s email address. The message went on to say: “Hello. How are you? I need a favor from you. Email me back when you get this message. Many Blessings. Sent from my iPhone.”
If you responded, the next message asked you to please get $300 in gift cards, then scratch the backs to expose the card number, photograph it and forward to the email or text number. Again, this was not Brenner.
The church issued a notice saying its concern is, with Brenner being a trusted member of the community, people might respond without inquiring further. If anyone has responded and forwarded photos or cards they are asked to stop by the Jasper Police Department to file a report.
Father Brenner does extend a note of appreciation to the 120 Facebook members who shared this information in less than two hours, according to the church’s notice.
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