HOUSTON : Beware! Now, emails ids of Orthodox Metropolitans are constantly being targeted for hacking.
Yesterday, Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan, South West America, was a victim and had to respond within hours not to respond to such mails by tricksters. It was a clever hacker this time who stated “Madrid” in the subject line, probably, to divert the attention.
Metropolitans’ should desist from making their trips abroad widely known. Hackers are waiting for such opportunities and on the look out for making fast money.
Last week, email of Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios, Metropolitan of Diocese of UK, Europe & Africa was hacked which was also on similar lines. The Metropolitan had to immediately issue a regret letter to all his contacts for any trouble caused.
In the case of Mar Eusebius, the hacker also emailed to most of his contacts stating that the Metropolitan was in Spain and badly needed cash to pay for his hotel bills and for flight ticket back home. These mails have similar tones and by reading the first line itself one can understand it is hacked.
Mar Eusebius has responded stating that he is safe at the Diocesan centre and expressed sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Just hoping this email reaches you well, I’m sorry for this emergency and for not informing you about my urgent trip to Madrid, Spain but I just have to let you know my present predicament. Everything was fine until I was attacked on my way back to the hotel, I wasn’t hurt but I lost my money, bank cards, mobile phone and my bag in the course of this attack. I immediately contacted my bank in other to block my cards and also made a report at the nearest police station. I’m physically ok and fine but I’m urgently in need of some money to pay for my hotel bills and my flight ticket home, will pay back as soon as i get back home.
Kindly let me know if you would be able to help me out so I can forward you the details required for a wire transfer via the western union money transfer service. I don’t yet have a local phone (still gathering my bearings and such), so email is probably the best form of contact for now. I will expect your response soon.