Nigerian scammers steal Chicago bishop’s identity, start Facebook page
Catholic World News - October 14, 2010
Nigerian con artists have stolen a Chicago bishop’s identity and have gained perhaps tens of thousands of dollars in donations for a non-existent orphanage.
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry was traveling to Europe when his identity was stolen; the scammers solicited funds through his personal e-mail account, but were largely unsuccessful because of the number of misspellings in their e-mails. Later, they opened a Facebook page in the bishop’s name-- a tactic that was more successful in stealing money from unsuspecting donors.
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