October 6, 2022 – We’ve received reports from a number of parishioners today regarding of a new round of fake emails that look like this. If you reply to the email, you’ll typically receive a follow up asking you to purchase gift cards.
Please rest assured that neither Fr. Lonnie nor the Episcopal Diocese of Florida will ever solicit money or make such a request via email for any reason. Any such requests are fraudulent and should be ignored and deleted.
There has been a recent rise in “phishing” scams, or fake emails attempting to secure your personal or financial information. Churches are a particular target. Typically, scammers create a fake email similar to that of your priest or bishop, and then send out a request to a broad range of people in the church or diocese.
Always ensure that email is from the named person before you share any information or make any purchases. Look closely at the email. Is it really from the stated person? Call the person to make sure. Fr. Lonnie will only email from his St. John’s email address (email@example.com) and if it’s not from that address, it’s not official.
Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns, and thank you your patience and for making us aware that St. John’s has been the target of a phishing scam.