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Sender: SVD Generalate
Recipient: Societas Verbi Divini
Date: October, 24 @ 08:58

SVD - E-mail FRAUD - FRAUDE E-mail

To all SVD Provincial and Regional Superiors

Today we received notification from Fr. Provincial Mark Weber of USC that an e-mail has been sent out in his name. Please see the attached file. NEVER SEND MONEY in response to such e-mails. Check first with the SVD named, either by e-mail or by telephone.

David Streit, SVD
Acting Secretary General

A todos los superiores provinciales y regionales de la SVD

Recibimos hoy la notificación del provincial Mark Weber (USC) que un email se ha enviado en su nombre. Vean por favor el fichero atado. NUNCA ENVÍEN DINERO en respuesta a tales email. Comprueben primero con el SVD nombrado, por el email o por el teléfono.

David Streit, SVD
Segretario General (en funciones)

Dear Fr. Pernia,

Today I have received two emails and one phone call – from Panama, Togo, and Kenya. Either the provincial or the provincial treasurer has received an email supposedly from me, asking to give sizeable amounts of money to a Sister. Three provinces have checked with me, but I imagine whoever is doing this has gotten more email addresses to send this. Is it possible to send out a warning to all provinces that this is a fraud, and NOT a legitimate email from me?

The text of one of the emails is below.

Yours in the Word,
Mark Weber, SVD (USC)

Data: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:18:16 +0300
Od: Fr Mark Weber SVD
Odpowiedz-Do:Fr Mark Weber SVD
Temat: Re: Greetings from Chicago, USA

Dear Padre,

I send greetings to you and to all the confreres in Panama. You are always in our Prayers. I am writing on behalf of Sr Stella Maria the Provincial Bursar of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. She has told me Sr Nina Lucia O’Reilly working with their Mission Hospital in Uganda is currently stranded in Panama after she over used the limit of her Visa card. And because she does not have a bank account of her own in Panama the Sisters her do not have a quick safe means of sending the amount of Money she urgently require. Sr Stella Maria has given me a check of US$20,000 (Twenty Thousand Dollars).

I request you to proceed and give Sr Nina Lucia , and then you will let me know how I can wire the US$20,000 to your bank account in Panama You can contact Sr Nina Lucia O’Reilly at nina.luciar@gmail.com and I will also ask Sr Stella Maria to tell her to contact you.

Thank you so much.

Yours fraternally,

Fr Mark Weber svd
Provincial Superior
Society of the Divine Word
Chicago Province
1835 Waukegan Road
Techny, Il 60082