Sadly it’s necessary to repeat this warning, as in March 2020 a parishioner in a parish not far from Glossop was taken in by this scam.
A criminal, or criminal gang, has set up email addresses in the names of priests of our diocese, and is using them to contact people in order to deceive them into parting with money, pretending to be the priest whose name they are using.
The diocesan offices warn us that the senders are addressing the email recipients by name, and with plausible stories. If you get an email claiming to be from a priest, seeking money or giving instructions to pay a bill or purchase a gift card or voucher, regard it with utmost suspicion.
Be especially wary of any address that contains the word “yahoo”, “gmail”, “hotmail” or “googlemail” after the @ sign.
The criminals may also seek to obtain sensitive information for exploitation at a later date.
Fr Martin’s name and Fr Don’s name are among those the scammers are using. Information on this sort of crime can be found at GetSafeOnline, and the Citizens Advice Bureau can tell you what to do if you’ve been scammed.