Greetings to all!

Recently, we were informed of an issue of multiple parishioners receiving spam email that look to have been sent from Fr. Cook, and I wanted to address and hopefully inform all of you on this matter and what to do should you be affected by any possible spam messages.

In most cases that I receive when it comes to spam messages, it is usually due to an email that is spoofing an individual's name or email address.  Email spoofing is when an email is sent from a person that has their name or email address forged into the From box.  The email was never sent from the actual person, but their name or email address was used in their likeness.  In some cases, it may be difficult to determine if the email that you received from said person is legitimate, but there are some ways to determine the legitimacy of the person's message.

 

* If the email that you received has a lot of spelling or grammar issues, or has punctuation marks in various parts of the sentences, normally this is the sign of a spam message.

 

* You can also click on the sender's name in the From box of the email you received.  For example: Fr. Cook's email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you received an email from him and the email address in the From box is not This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (even though the name says Fr. Damien Cook or something similar), this is more than likely a spam message.

 

* If there is an odd file attachment like a zip file or a document that you weren't intending to receive, this may be a possible symptom of a spam message.

 

In any case, if you believe that you may've received an email from either Fr. Cook or any Christ the King staff member that seems suspicious, please do not hesitate to either call the church office (402-391-3606) or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Normally I will ask to have the email forwarded to me so that I can investigate it.  Once the email has been forwarded to me, please delete it!  Do not make any attempts to reply to sender, no matter what they may be asking.

Finally, while I can not guarantee that we can block all kinds of malicious cyber attacks, one of my core duties is to secure and safeguard not only our technology resources at Christ the King, but to secure the safety and well-being of our parishioners from the confines of our parish's technology infrastructure.  This is why we have taken measures to move our email system to a safe and secure system in Microsoft Office 365, as well as take every precaution to safeguard our I.T. infrastructure at Christ the King Parish and School.  We strive as best as we can to not only improve the hardware and software that we use in our day-to-day workload, but to improve on processes, procedures, and regulations on how we handle our technology pieces.

In the case of Fr. Cook's email, this may be a little bit of an exception since we as Christ the King do not manage his email address.  Fr. Cook uses his Archdiocese of Omaha email address as his primary means of communication, and because of this, Christ the King do not manage this mailbox, but the I.T. staff at the Archdiocese of Omaha does.  Nevertheless, please feel free to reach out to me should you feel that you received an email that may've looked like it was sent from Fr. Cook but was spoofed, and I will inform the Archdiocese I.T. office of the situation.

 

Again, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.

 

Thank you and God Bless!

 

Brandon Odom
Technology Administrator, Christ the King Church and School
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