It seems that, every few months, someone attempts to scam others. Most recently some may have received emails and/or texts (purportedly from our pastor) which looks like:
A component of this email and/or text SCAM is to request gift cards – using some story that pulls at ones heart-strings in the hopes of eliciting a financial windfall for them.
Rest assured these contacts are BOGUS. If Fr. Trask ever needs to ask a favor of you, he will make one-on-one contact with you → whether in person before/after Mass or via an actual phone call; he will NEVER ask favors via email/text.
And should you ever find Fr. Trask asking for money, he’ll only ever ask that you put it in the Sunday collection basket! 😉
Long story short, YOU WILL NEVER BE ASKED TO BUY GIFT CARDS and forward the codes to anyone. DO NOT BUY CARDS OR SEND CODES! If you’re feeling generous, put it in the Sunday collection basket instead!