Spoofed Emails and Private Messages

Please be aware of an email scam going around with Fr. Ken’s name on it. Here it is:

Reverend Kenneth Grooms <parishoffice@bogus.com>
Good day, Please let me know if you are open to communicating via email, I have a request for you to manage for me confidentially thanks.
Blessings, Reverend Kenneth Grooms

For your information all our real parish email addresses end with: @iccwhb.org

None of our priests, nor any staff member, will ever privately email, send private messages/texts, or make phone calls to parishioners or other members of the community to ask for money, gift cards, or any other thing. If you receive such a message, it is definitely fake. Always double check with the church office during regular office hours! It can always wait until then.

There will never be an emergency that will require any parishioner or community member to wire money (via Western Union, or Venmo) or immediately buy gift cards (iTunes or other).

image of criminal phishing for data
  • via check, made out to the Immaculate Conception Church and placed either in the offering plate at Mass or mailed directly to the parish office at PO Box 1227, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978;
  • via cash in the offering plate at Mass;
  • digitally (credit card, bank transfer) via Faith Direct only, more information on our Parish Donation page;
  • planned giving (visit our English or Spanish planned giving pages for more information);
  • food or toiletries for the food pantry – drop off at the parish center (no clothes or linens); or
  • Christmas gifts for Adopt-a-family (including physical gift cards to add to food pantry baskets) during November and December, to be dropped off at the parish center (never over the phone or text).
If you have any questions, please call the church at 631-288-1423 or visit our Parish Donation page.

Originally published in 2021