Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - Someone, pretending to be the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, is sending e-mail messages to extort money from people who are unaware of the increasingly aggressive forms of deception implemented by criminals who use the web and social media. The alarm was raised by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem itself, which aimed to give as much resonance as possible to the warning, through a short message disseminated by the patriarchal media. In the alert message, signed by Father Davide Meli, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate, it is specified that the e-mail account from which the scam messages come is email@example.com, which are being sent via email by someone who poses as His Beatitude.
The Patriarchate, through the urgent message of alarm, invites everyone to be vigilant towards the new systems used to extort money from people sensitive to requests for economic aid made in the name of worthy institutions, promoters of charitable works in contexts marked by poverty and social hardship.
Digital scams that use e-mail systems (phishing e-mails) can also use real company logos, real names of known people and other similar tools to appear authentic. The creators of such scams can create e-mail addresses that appear very similar or even identical to those used by people known to the recipients of deceptive messages, and that are not blocked by digital protection systems. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 28/3/2022)