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E-mail scam poses as Schenectady priest

Dan Levy
Updated: November 04, 2019 10:53 PM
Created: November 04, 2019 05:33 PM

SCHENECTADY - It's a sacrilegious scam that targets unsuspecting parishioners.

"I think that people are taking advantage of people that are trusted in the community," says Father Bob Longobucco, of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Schenectady.

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Father Bob sound out recently his name appears on several recent e-mails that are circulating through cyberspace soliciting money for personal use. He made mention of that during Sunday morning mass, and that got people talking.

"My best reaction is one of my altar servers who goes, 'I don't know why they would choose you Father Bob. You're too nice, you wouldn't do that to people.' That made me feel good in all this," he said.

Father Bob also realizes it's no laughing matter, neither it is isolated to just him or his church.

"These scams come along all the time. So I think it's at least diocesan wide," he said. "I think it's probably where ever there's church and somebody is liked or trusted where there's an authority figure, they take advantage of that."

But Father Bob says it's not just preying on vulnerable individuals that troubles him, he's also concerned that people in the faith community might lose faith.

"It's not just the money part of it," he said. "They're really concerned about somebody they care about and that's also another hurt."

Father Bob says he doesn't personally know of anyone who fell for the scam, but he also realizes people might feel embarrassed if they had, so he thinks there likely were some victims.


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