MUSCAT: The email id of HG Dr Mathews Thimothios, Metropolitan of Diocese of UK, Europe & Africa has been hacked.
This correspondent received an email on November 7 at 8.27 am from email@example.com with the subject line saying ‘Confidential Urgent Request.’
The email request begins with a Good Morning and its contents say that the Metropolitan was on an urgent trip to Cape Town, S Africa and had lost his valuables.
It explains in the second para that the Metropolitans belongings including wallet, mobile phone and some valuables on way to the hotel have been lost. “I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library (and I only have 15 minutes in every 2 hours to access my email from here), I had to block my account and my bank cards immediately the incident happened,” it adds further.
The hacker has requested the recipients to assist in sending a loan of $3,200 or any amount you could afford to sort-out my hotel bills first and to get Dr Mar Thimothios back home.
The end of the mail also gives his Indian contact numbers in Chengannoor and St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Brokely, London. This is not the first time that the emails of Malankara Orthodox Metropolitans have been hacked. Usually this happens to Metropolitans on tours outside India.
Dr Mar Thimothios had recently represented the Malankara Orthodox Church in the Global Inter-Religious Meeting in the Umbrian hilltop town of Assisi, Italy.
Those receiving similar crisis mails are requested not to entertain such mails purportedly by hackers.
The full text of the mail is produced below:
I hope everything is fine?. I’m so sorry for not telling you about my urgent trip to Cape Town. I’m Presently In South Africa, I will be glad if I could confide in you and I want this issue to be confidential between You and I because I don’t want people to get worried about my situation. I’m in Cape Town (South Africa) but am having some difficulties. It has been a very sad moment for me over here and my present situation is very hard for me to explain but i trust God he knows why he bring me here.
I lost my belongings including wallet, mobile phone and some valuables on my way to the hotel. I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library (and I only have 15mins in every 2hours to access my email from here), I had to block my account and my bank cards immediately the incident happened. I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me to clear my Hotel bill and other expenses. Please I will like you to assist me with a loan of $3,200.USD any amount you could afford to sort-out my hotel bills first and to get myself back home. I have reported the case to the embassy here and they are going through the necessary procedures but I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with and I’ll refund you the money as soon as I return.
I await your reply immediately so I can email you the needful details to send the transfer for me. The hotel manager we be the one to receive the money for me.
with love and prayers
Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios
Menorah Orthodox Centre
Diocese of UK, Europe & Africa
Chengannoor – 689509
St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church
Cranfield Road, Brokely, London
UK- SE4 1UF.
0044 2086919456, 0044-7531814466