Parishioners have been receiving e-mails and/or texts from scammers pretending to be “Fr. Berg”. Please ignore e-mails and/or texts from Fr. Berg asking for money or gift cards, specifically, I-tune cards. This problem has been going on throughout the Diocese, scammers are using priests’ names to try to get people to send money or gift cards.
Typically, the scam is initiated when the parishioner receives a casual email or text message from the imposter with a subject like, “Many Blessings.” The body of the email is written something like, “Good morning, how are you doing?” “I need a favor from you, email me as soon as you get this message.” Then the email is signed using the pastor’s name.
Please be aware and do not send money or gift cards solicited by e-mail or text.