Have you received an e-mail claiming that the "Freemason Society" wanted to give you money?
Don't believe it for a moment! It's a FRAUD.
I could go on and on about how to spot e-mail fraud or I could explain in detail that there's simply no rational reason that someone offering to give you millions of dollars/pounds/etc. without the vaguest clue as to who you are or what you do but the clue as to its fraudulent purpose is SO obvious at the start: they want YOU to send THEM money!
Wake up, folks: if someone has millions to give you, why do they need a couple of hundred dollars to open an account or 'process' anything? Don't you think that they might be able to handle that also?
In July, 2009, I received an inquiry which attached an e-mail a potential victim had received. It had the unmitigated gall to use THIS SITE as its bona fides. Well, they're full of crap! Moreover, they're using the good name of Freemasonry to defraud others. They are, simply, SCUM.
Do NOT contact them but forward the e-mail to police authorities.
And what about scholarships?
Even when an student has applied for a scholarship, notifications are nearly always sent by regular, postal mail. I've personally been involved in the granting of scholarships from a Masonic organization for over a dozen years. I've talked to hundreds of Masons similarly involved. No one anywhere would be sending out e-mails with scholarship winner notices especially those who had never applied for them. It simply isn't the way it's done. There are quite enough applicants each year to provide a very healthy stream for spending funds, honestly!
People don't hand out free money - using Yahoo e-mail accounts - that YOU have to pay for before you get. Be realistic and don't be a victim of fraud! See this page for an example of scholarship fraud using e-mails and Freemasonry's name!
Here's a copy of the response after one unsuspecting potential victim made contact with them initially....
Dari: Barrister James White
Hey, "Barrister": I've copied and distributed your e-mail. Why not sue me?
And if you've been approached by similar frauds, send me a copy of what you've received. I'll add them here!
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