It has been brought to my attention that a number of our parishioners, and in particular our senior citizens, have been contacted on the phone by persons who are clearly engaging in some kind of financial fraud. These phone calls either promise something if you send money to them, or in some cases, pretend to be a government official who say you owe money. This sort of crime is called affinity fraud as it targets certain members of a community, in this case seniors. Please be on your guard for such calls in the future. There are now brochures at the church from the RCMP that I have picked up and the links below offer some very good tips of what to look for and what to do should you be contacted.
I don’t wish to overly alarm anybody, but unfortunately these sorts of scams can happen. In the fall I have invited a member of the RCMP to come and talk to us about affinity fraud and I will let you know the date as soon as it is confirmed. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
The Rev. Patrick Blaney