Announcement About Social Media Safety & Avoiding Scams

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The Diocese of St. Petersburg has become aware that at least one person was contacted by someone using Facebook Messenger pretending to be Bishop Gregory Parkes. Bishop Parkes does not contact individuals on social media using Facebook Messenger. Please report any suspicious activity to Facebook and do not respond.

When internet fraudsters mimic a legitimate individual, organization or business to trick consumers into giving out their personal information or money, it’s called phishing

We are seeking to help individuals stay safe while using social media, email or texting services.

Follow these tips from the Federal Trade Commission and protect yourself from hoaxes, email scams and phishing.

  • Be Aware! Legitimate organizations would never solicit sensitive personal information through insecure channels such as email, social media messaging or text messaging.
  • Ignore suspicious emails, social media and text messages from someone who claims to need your personal information or financial assistance.
  • To verify the legitimacy of an email, social media message or text message that you receive from any organization, including a church, call the office and speak to a representative who can assist.

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