Springfield priest warns about impersonation scam

Father Mark Bentz said the scammers have been claiming to be him in emails for over a year.

Posted: Feb 11, 2019 6:05 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2019 6:05 PM

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charges, a springfield priest is telling his congregation to watch out. he says scammers are impersonating him. on kezi 9 news at 4 we told you it's been happening at saint alice parish for more than a year. now as reporter michael sevren shows us, the priest matt? father mark bentz tells me these scammers are not just targeting his flock... he believes priest all over the state are phone matte (father mark): in the last two months, it's been happening with greater frequency, not just to me but pretty much every priest in our area. father mark bentz is warning his flock after he says scammers have been posing as him online. he says the priest at nativity of the mother of god ukraine catholic church in springfield has also been hit. phone matte (father mark): i hear stories of it happening it all over the place so it's somebody who's got this idea of just impersonating a priest, setting up an email that looks like their regular email. here's how the scam works. using a similar email address as the priest.. scammers reach out to staff and members of their congregation asking for money. bentz says sometimes they claim the money is for a friend who is sick and in the hospital? but it's all lies. springfield resident ron satterfield tells me he's upset knowing that crooks would impersonate a trusted servant like a priest. rs: if people respected each other and were honest, open and fair, these things won't happen. stand up: church officials tell me they would never send an email asking for donations. but say people can give online or by mail... and of course at mass using a collection basket like this one. bantz isn't sure if anyone in his congregation has coming up at 6 hear how church officials at saint alice parish believe scammers got a hold of their data in the first
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