‘Holy hackers’ target Tyrone parishioners in scam

Fr Sean McCartan
Fr Sean McCartan

MOORTOWN parishioners have been advised to ignore any emails purporting to be from their Parochial House after it was revealed messages asking for money were received by locals.

It is understood the emails, claiming to have been sent by the Parochial House in the village, requested money to help “pilgrims” from the Ardboe and Moortown areas who were “trapped” in foreign countries.

The emails claimed passports and money had been stolen from the locals, and asked the recipients to send £2,550, explaining the expense would be met by Parish officials.

The Tyrone Times contacted Moortown Parish Priest, Fr Sean McCartan, who said: “I was told by the Parish Secretary that our email account had been hacked into. It has been sorted out.

“This is a scam and I would advise anyone who receives this type of email to ignore them. We will be announcing it through the Parochial House here too.”