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Cheshire Police are warning people to be wary of unusual emails after two churches in the area had messages hacked by scammers.

The churches were targeted by the scam aimed at getting unsuspecting recipients to part with their money to help their parish priest stuck in a foreign country.

Police are warning that St Theresa′s in Wilmslow and St Mary′s in Middlewich may not be the only churches targeted.

Insp Mark Gammage said: “In both cases everyone on the contact list of the churches’ email account had been sent an email saying their parish priest had come to some harm and they were stranded in Spanish city.

“Any email requesting money should be regarded with caution.

“Often spelling and grammar is a give away as the email tends to be riddled with mistakes. Delete the email and definitely do not give your bank details or send any money.

“My concern is more vulnerable or elderly residents may fall prey to a scam such as this. I would urge anyone who has had communications of this type to disregard the content and report it to police.

“Any advice regarding matters of this nature can be sought from your local police, Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureau.”

One Comment

  1. Is nothing sacred anymore!!!!!!!!

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