Scammers targeting church donations during outbreak

Scammers are targeting vulnerable people by offering to collect church envelopes containing money, the Catholic Church has warned.

The Diocese of Down and Connor said it has become aware of the fraudulent behaviour within some of its parishes.

A spokesperson said scammers were also offering to shop for people, but demanding cash up front.

“These fraudulent scams are criminal and have been reported by the Diocese to the PSNI,” the spokesperson said.

“The Diocese of Down and Connor would encourage all people, and particularly families of vulnerable adults, to be vigilant to such criminal activity.

“All such unsolicited approaches should be reported to the PSNI.”

The Diocese has advised that, in line with social distancing policies, parish envelopes will not be collected at this time.

“Parishioners who choose to use their weekly envelopes as normal should retain their envelopes,” the spokesperson said.

“And, once Government policy allows, the parish will arrange to safely collect them.”

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