Scam­mers pre­tend­ing to be church bishop

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local -

Scam­mers are still pre­tend­ing to be lo­cal priests as they try to con parish­ioners into buy­ing iTunes gift cards.

The scam­mers con­tact peo­ple and claim to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of their church.

They ask the parish­ioner to buy $400 worth of iTunes cards in or­der to pro­vide sup­port for an­other parish­ioner bat­tling ill­ness.

Vic­tims are asked to take a photo of the card and its num­ber code and email it to the “priest.” In some cases, po­lice say, the emailer claims to be the lo­cal bishop. One lo­cal per­son, who re­ceived an email re­quest, con­tacted po­lice and the Peterborough dio­cese. So far, po­lice say, no­body has fallen vic­tim to the scam. Any­one re­ceiv­ing an email is asked to con­tact the bishop’s of­fice at [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­dio­cese.org or 705-745-5123 and the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre at 1-888-495-8501 or www.an­tifraud­cen­tre-cen­tre­an­tifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.

Any­one who’s fallen vic­tim to the scam and lost money should call po­lice at 705-876-1122 or re­port it on­line at www.pe­ter­bor­ough­po­lice.com/re­port/a-crime/

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