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Virtual scams reach the Diocese of York

Virtual scams have become one of the most used strategies in recent years to steal money quickly. Some of these crimes are carried out through email, where the scammer impersonates an institution. This is the case in the Diocese of York, where an alarming number of scams have been experienced over the years. 

In these virtual scams, most victims turn out to be members of the diocese or volunteers of the diocese receiving an email where the sender pretends to be the vicar of the church or even the Archbishop of York. During the online conversation, a request for money is made by the sender. 

Premier Christian News:

“Usually, scammers ask for help with a vague request. The intention is to strike up a conversation with the recipient and eventually ask them to buy coupons and send the code numbers, resulting in the loss of their money.

They try to convince the recipient that the vouchers or gift cards are for church members or are church-related gifts.”

From the Diocese, they urged parishioners to be more cautious in handling the emails they receive. Churches made these cases known to their visitors, to prevent similar cases from continuing to occur. 

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