HARDIN - Early this morning messages went out from the computer of Tara Siress, Director of New Convenant Christian Academy in Hardin, stating that Siress had made a trip to Aberdeen, Scotland for Volunteer Training and her bag with cash, mobile phone and credit cards had been stolen from the Hotel Park where she lodged. The E-mail is a scam and anyone that received it from Siress' email account should be aware it is not true.
"As soon as I opened up my gmail account, it immediately sent the scam email to all of my contacts," Siress said. "I knew something was wrong when several of the emails were returning undeliverable. I opened those up and that's when I saw what had gone out and that I was a victim of a scam."
The email went on to say that she had made contact with her bank but she needed cash immediately to sort out her predicament and that she would pay them back immediately but needed $2,200 to settle hotel bills and other expenses.
Brady Siress, who serves on the school board at New Covenant Christian Academy said, "This is simply not true," however, the E-mail was sent to everyone in his wife's address book. "My wife is not in Scotland and has never been in Scotland," he said. Siress also wanted everyone to know that the school is financially sound and would never solicit money in this manner.
The Siress' will be talking to a detective later this afternoon but are not sure what can be done since the E-mail was generated from another country but wanted to get the notice out as quickly as possible about the scam.