Photo: Businessman, Marcel Zachariah

Contacts and Clients have recently received bogus emails from successful Southport businessman Marcel Zachariah after his email account was hacked earlier this week.

The email claims he was attacked at gun point and required a £2100 loan.

So far no one has been stupid enough to fall for this scam.


The email reads…………..

I hope all is well.

I could not inform everyone about my trip to Istanbul, Turkey for a programme because it was impromptu. The programme was successful, but my journey has turned sour, I was attacked at gun point where I went for sightseeing before leaving to the airport since my return flight is in few hours, all my valuables including cash, bank cards and mobile phone were stolen, quite honestly it was beyond a dreadful experience for me but looking on the bright side I wasn’t seriously hurt or injured, I am still alive so that is what’s important and luckily I had my passport in my hotel room to get me home.

I thought I would contact you directly, I need to settle some outstanding hotel bills and also take a taxi to the airport. I am really sorry I am asking this of you, believe me I don’t want to ask I would rather take care of it my self but I cant, I have contacted my bank, but the best they can do is to mail a new card which will take 2 to 3 days to get here.

I know this is a big ask but you are my last resort and hope, all I need right now is help/LOAN of £2100, if you can help that would be great and I promise to make the refund once I get back home.

Please let me know if I can count on you and I need you to keep checking your email because it’s the only way I can reach me.

Sorry to have to burden you with this.


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