Advisory regarding fraudulent callers

The Diocese of Down and Connor has become aware of a fraudulent scam targeting vulnerable people within parishes and has shared this advisory.

Unscrupulous individuals are calling with vulnerable people and offering to take their weekly parish envelopes to the Church and also offering to do their shopping but wanting cash up front.

These fraudulent scams are criminal and have been reported by the Diocese to the PSNI.

The Diocese of Dromore would encourage all people, and particularly families of vulnerable adults, to be vigilant to such criminal activity. All such unsolicited approaches should be reported to the PSNI.

In line with the government’s ‘Stay at Home’ and social distancing policies, parish envelopes will not be collected at this time.

Parishioners who choose to use their weekly envelopes as normal, should retain their envelopes and, once Government policy allows, the parish will arrange to safely collect them.