The archdiocese has received reports of fraudulent emails that appear to be coming from pastors. These emails are part of an international scheme that has emerged over the past few years. Scammers are trying to trick parishioners into believing that their pastor is requesting money or gift cards for various parish needs through a series of email messages.
Again, these are fraudulent emails. Official archdiocesan priest email addresses end in @dbqarch.org. The fraudulent emails come from different addresses, often disguised to look like personal Gmail or Yahoo accounts. The body of these messages are generic and include phrases like “Are you in the office now?” and “How are you? Please contact me.”
Neither Fr. Jim nor any member of the parish staff would ask for money or gift cards by email, so please ignore such an email if you receive one.