If you received a strange email from Fr. Paul asking for a “favor” or asking you to buy something for him, do not reply and do not purchase anything. This is a scam.

This scam is a fairly common one. In general, avoid buying gift cards to satisfy requests made through email, even if the name on those emails is familiar. If you’re in doubt about whether an email is legitimate, contact the person whose name is on the email or check the sender’s address against the email address you have saved for the person.