Don't Be Scammed By Phishing Emails!

Dear Parishioners,

We have heard that parishioners have been receiving emails from scammers claiming to be our parish priest, Fr Colin Tan, SJ. These emails fraudulently ask for monetary help, donations and charity purchases such as gift cards, iTunes cards and prepaid cards in support of cancer patients, etc. These are phishing emails by the scammers. DO NOT respond to them. If you are not sure that an email is genuine, please check with the parish office at 6466 0625.

Fraudsters usually, but not always, follow a standard method. The first contact will be a generic email – often sent to dozens or hundreds of contacts – designed to elicit a response from you. It may say that your invoices are overdue and tell you to check your records, but won’t mention a specific invoice or amount. If you respond to the first email, they may send a more detailed request. This request may use language copied from our church website.

Fraudsters may create a sense of urgency by demanding a reply right away. Sometimes they will tell you to click on a link. You may then be asked to enter a username and password, enter personal information, or download a web page letter of appeal. Do not click on the links as they often contain malware that can seriously damage your computer. NEVER send in any personal information. They may also harvest this personal information for later use.

Here are some tell-tale signs to look out for:

  • Don’t judge authenticity from appearances or content. While many obvious fraudulent emails contain spelling mistakes or badly faked logos, some – especially targeted ones – can be very sophisticated. Cyber fraudsters will attempt to mislead you into believing that the information you see is genuine. Modern technology makes email messages easy to fake! Please study the email carefully.
  • Check the email address. Is the section after the @ symbol a public domain such as accountant.com or gmail.com? When you hit reply, does the expected email address change? These are common signs of fraud.
  • Check for grammar and spelling errors. This isn’t a certain sign, but phishing emails often use poor English and may have been translated from another language. This results in spelling and grammatical errors.

 Please refer to the samples below:

For more information on cybersecurity, go to https://www.csa.gov.sg