Phishing emails have been sent using Fr. Andrew's name. These seem to crop up evry so often. BE AWARE - These are not from him! Here is a sample of the email:
"Father Andrew Ayers <firstname.lastname@example.org>1:25 PM
Do you have a moment I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am going into a meeting now, no calls so just reply my email.
Sent from my mail"
Do not respond to this email. Note: It is not a parish email address. If you respond to this email, they in turn will follow up asking for prepaid cards, whether it be credit, tunes or any store such as Target etc.. There ploy is that parishioners are in need and you can help them in this way. Additionally, there is a possibility that they may attach a "bug" in your system.
There has been a phone scam using the same tactics. Another phone scam offers prayers for cash. The Cluster will not call asking you for prepaid cards to help one of the parishioners. We have other programs in place for that. Also if you want or need prayers, call any parish in the diocese and ask to be placed on their prayer list. This is free!
If you get an email, with an attachment, and you do not recognize that person or business, do not open the attachment. Immediately delete the email from your account. Please be careful with your personal information.