Notice from Bishop James P. Powers regarding scams

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If anyone contacts you claiming to be me, someone from the diocese (chancery office personnel), a priest, parish employee or anyone else honestly affiliated with the Catholic of the Diocese of Superior calls, texts, emails or contacts you by any other form of communication asking you to send money or get gift cards of any kind, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THEIR REQUEST. IT IS A SCAM.

NO ONE OFFICIALLY CONNECTED TO OR ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE DIOCESE OR ANY OF THE PARISHES OR ANY OTHER DIOCESAN-SPONSORED ORGANIZATION WILL CONTACT YOU IN THIS MANNER, BECAUSE IF THEY DID, IT WOULD BE GROUNDS FOR THEIR IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL.

For some time now, these types of SCAMS have become more prevalent and more sophisticated in making the request look real. LET ME REPEAT AGAIN, NO ONE OFFICIALLY CONNECTED TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF SUPERIOR WILL EVER CONTACT YOU IN THIS MANNER TO EITHER ASK A FAVOR OR SOLICIT FUNDS.

NOTE: This does not mean a parish can’t solicit gift cards to be used for raffle prizes, etc. However, in this case the cards should be dropped off at the parish office.

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