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January 31, 2008

Someone, posing as Msgr. Matthew Odong, has sent an email soliciting contributions "to help Rt. Rev. Father Mathew Rubangakene, attain a surgical operation in Germany-Aachen." The full text of the email appears below.

This is NOT from Msgr. Matthew. Do NOT respond and do NOT send money.

Msgr. Matthew Odong and Sacred Heart Seminary will never ask you to send contributions directly to a bank.

If you received this email please forward a copy to and report the fraud to Yahoo!'s Mail Abuse Form.

The Yahoo! ID for Question #3 on this form is The violation in Question 4 is Fraud.

Please call John Desautels at 952.470.1700 if you have any questions.

A few details

This imposter has created an email account at Yahoo! that is very similar to Msgr. Matthew's personal Yahoo! email account. We are trying to get Yahoo! to close this fraudulent account. This may take some time.

The real account is

The fraudulent account is Notice the period between the first name and last name.

The fraudulent email

From: Mathew Odong []

Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 5:58 AM


Subject: Request help Fr. Mathew!!

Dear XXXX,

Cordial greetings from the Archdiocese of Gulu. Hoping that all is well with you, and the lord's abundant blessings with you always.

Following a request by the Archbishop of Gulu, we are looking for a means to help Rt. Rev. Father Mathew Rubangakene, attain a surgical operation in Germany-Aachen, our doctors here have found out that he is having Bone tumour which needs an immediare operation as it seems to be growing rapidly and it is giving him a lot of difficulty in walking and pain.

Incase their is any financial contribution you can help with, it will be greatly appreciated, kindly email me on anything you can contribute to help with Fathers medication, and I will present you with the approved Bank details meant for the collection of this funds.

Father Mathew was a very committed and dedicated servant to his people in Pabongo Parish which has been newly created, before he was bed ridden

It is so sad for us here in the Archdiocese of Gulu and we hope that with God's grace we shall be in position to make available the neccessary funds for Father Mathew Rubangakene.

Hoping to hear from you as soon.

With Prayerful regards,

Msgr. Matthew Odong