There have been a number of texts and emails lately posing as Fr. Michael requesting gift cards. Please be skeptical of all such requests as these are scams and are NOT legitimate!
Fr. Michael will never ask for gift cards in an email. Please ignore or delete and do not respond or send ANY personal information. If a parishioner is ever in doubt as to the validity of an email from Fr. Michael or All Saints Church, they should call the church office before responding.
We are sorry for the inconvenience. It seems to be a part of the world we live in now.
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