Update: Phishing texts and emails posing as Msgr. Marren have been received. Please just be skeptical of all text and email messages saying they are from Msgr. Marren. These are NOT legitimate requests. Please ignore or delete these emails.
Report phishing and scam emails and texts
Here are two government web pages that talk about phishing and scam emails and how to report them.
- USA.gov https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds;
- Federal Trade Commission Consumer Info https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0038-spam.
Phishing Text Recommendations from the FTC
- Don’t text back. Legitimate companies won’t ask you to verify your identity through unsecure channels, like text or email.
- Don’t click on any links within the message. Links can install malware on your device, and take you to spoof sites to try to get your information.
- Report the message to your cell phone carrier’s spam text reporting number. If you’re an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell customer, you can forward the text to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Your complaint can help the FTC detect patterns of wrong-doing.
Read the full page at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2013/08/dont-text-back
Unfortunately, All Saints has had trouble with email scams. The most recent event occurred
June 12, 2018, August 28, 2018, October 9, 2018, October 16, 2018, February 19, 2020, September 6, 2020 and was NOT sent from Msgr. Marren’s personal Gmail or phone. It even used a picture of Monsignor. This cannot be solved by changing his password. The email address was created to look like it came from Msgr. Marren, with just one letter wrong. Here are some pictures of examples:
Consider all emails from him spam when the message asks for help, especially in the form of gift cards or any currency. Msgr. Marren will likely not email you, let alone for help. Do NOT respond. Do NOT send ANY personal information. There are two ways you can help stop (or slow down) these emails.
To report phishing and scam emails to the FTC, Phishing Email Posing as Msgr. Marren All Saints parishioners continue to receive emails asking them to contact Msgr. Marren right away. These are NOT legitimate requests. Please ignore or delete these emails. Here are two government web pages that talk about phishing and scam emails and how to report them. USA.gov https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds; Federal Trade Commission Consumer Info https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0038-spam.
To report abuse to Google you can:
Go to this link and fill out the online form – https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse
*** OR if you have Gmail***
On a computer, open Gmail
Open the message.
Next to Reply arrow ⤺, click the Down Arrow ↓
Click Report phishing
We are sorry for the inconvenience. It seems to be a part of the world we live in now.