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Vatican Embassy Warns PH Clergy: ‘Beware of Online Solicitation Scams’

Even the Catholic Church is not spared from people who are taking advantage of charitable individuals.

The Apostolic Nunciature in Manila has urged the public and the clergy to beware of email scams allegedly from Archbishop Gabriele Caccia—the Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations and former papal envoy to the Philippines.

According to Monsignor Julien Kabore, Chargé d’Affaires, the Nunciature has discovered another attempt “to swindle” the public by “fraudulently” using the name of Archbishop Caccia. (Read: 5 Tips For Safer Transactions Online) The scam is using the email address “[email protected]” and is illegally seeking funds from the clergy and the faithful.

In response to the issue, Msgr. Kabore has urged church institutions to be wary and to use “maximum prudence” in dealing with online fund solicitations. He says this especially applies to email solicitations made under the name of Vatican officials.

“In the event that they do encounter such attempts, it is best if they get in touch with this Nunciature before doing any action,” Msgr. Kabore said. (Read: 3 Ways Caritas PH Is Giving Support to Filipinos in Need)

[Announcement – Advisory]The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has issued an alert warning…

Posted by HugotSeminarista on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Solicitation Scams

This was not the first time an attempt to swindle the public has been done using the name of Vatican officials. (Read: My Pope-approved tips on how to behave in social media)

In May this year, the Nunciature has also raised the alarm against a certain Cristian Eduardo Tietze who is falsely claiming to be close to Pope Francis. According to reports, Tietze introduces himself to his victims as president of the “Peace of Life Foundation” and would often solicit funds from bishops.

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