Archdiocese of Seattle issues urgent tax fraud warning; Holy Rosary employees and volunteers may be affected
The Archdiocese of Seattle has sent a memo out to pastors, priest administrators, pastoral coordinators, principals, pastoral assistants for administration notifying them that "there have been victims of fraud in several of our parishes and at the Chancery. We first learned of the issue on Tuesday, but at that time the reports came from only one parish so it was presumed to be a local issue. Since that time we have learned of the same situation in at least two other parishes and at the Chancery."
This issue may affect volunteers with Holy Rosary in West Seattle.
They have hired a national forensic security firm and will work through the weekend on the issue. They have also filed a report with the FBI.
Inquiries should be directed to tax email@example.com.
The text of the message sent follows:
It has recently come to our attention that some Archdiocesan employees and volunteers may be victims of a national tax refund fraud. This may result in delayed or diverted tax refunds.