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Important notice re Suspicious Emails

We are aware of some suspicious emails that appear to be from clergy and even from Bishop Libby. Responding to the emails will result in requests for money or gift cards.

Please DO NOT reply to the emails.

We are not currently aware how many may be affected; however, it is important that we are all aware and be vigilant to protect our online safety and security.

We are not aware of any system security breach and are in the process of compiling some website best practice guidelines so that our churches can take action to greater protect themselves.

 

Steps to take if you receive a suspicious email

  1. DO NOT reply to the email.
  2. Check the email address of the sender – is it the same email address as usual?
  3. If in doubt, type in the usual email address of the clergy, rather than just hit reply. Better still, talk to them and check if they have sent this email.
  4. Run a complete anti-virus scan of your computer.
  5. If you have sent any money as a direct result of the email, please contact the Police to report the matter.

 

Steps to take if you are the named sender of a suspicious email

  1. Reassure any recipients that you have not sent the email and verify your correct email address.
  2. As a safety procedure, reset your email password and any clergy portal passwords.
  3. Run a complete anti-virus scan of your computer.
  4. If you receive any reports of money being sent as a direct result of the email, please contact the Police to report the matter.