Sudanese bishop exposes scam

21 September 2011

by a staff reporter

A FAKE email demanding cash to pay for urgent medical treatment for the Bishop of Aweil, the Rt Revd Abraham Yel Nhial, in South Sudan, has been sent to other bishops. The email says that Bishop Nhial is in urgent need of medical attention for a kidney problem.

One recipient, the Bishop of Rupert’s Land, in Canada, the Rt Revd Donald Phillips, was asked for $2200 to pay for the urgent treat­ment that, the author of the scam email says, Bishop Nhial needs.

The email, purporting to be from Bishop Nhial himself, says: “I was suddenly taken ill four days ago and i was rushed to Kampala-Uganda for treatment. The medical report that has just been produced indicates that i have a kidney problem and so i have to undergo an immediate series of blood purification procedure called haemodialysis at Mulago refferal hospital Kampala-Uganda.

“Dear Bishop Donald i can not afford to raise the full medical fees the hospital requires me to pay before they carry out the blood purification procedure.

“I request you kindly to come to my rescue with $2200 so that i may get treatment.”

When the Church Times responded to the email, asking for more details of his illness, the email scammer replied: “I am really worried about my health and am getting weaker by the day, please come to my rescue,” before repeating the request for a money transfer.

Bishop Nhial was alerted to the scam and emailed all his contacts, saying: “Please ignore this email scam. I am doing fine in the Lord.”

Bishop Nhial was consecrated as the first Bishop of the new diocese of Aweil last sum­mer, after South Sudan gained independence.

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