Stratford police say that an elderly woman was defrauded of several hundred dollars by a person claiming to be a pastor at a local church.
Police say the woman was contacted through email by a person who claimed they were Rev. Richard Bester of the St Joseph’s Church, at which the woman is a member.
The fraudster requested she donate iTunes gift cards for patients at a hospital.
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The victim complied with the request but sensed there was something fishy going on when a second request was issued.
The church and police were then notified and it was learned that several members of the St Joseph’s Church had also been similarly contacted.
Police say that a similar incident occurred in January when emails from the church were hacked and information was obtained.
Anyone who has been defrauded is urged to call Stratford police at 519-271-4141 to file a report.