ain't no free lunch!"
The abbreviated version of a quote from
John Ruskin (1819-1900)
|Let's put this simply: no Masonic organization that I
have ever heard of - EVER - offers free money for scholarships,
"foundation laying grants", or whatever (and, most
especially, it doesn't offer by e-mail a MEMBERSHIP!) by pulling e-mail
addresses out of a hat.
Everyone by now should be aware of e-mail
scamming and the use of Freemasonry's name and reputation seems SO very
attractive to thieves that this is liable to occur. Be smart! If you
think someone is giving away money if only you'll provide your name,
address, age, sex, and bank account information, you really are naive -
and you really should take more care.
An example of a scam
2010 foundation laying grants
Saturday, July 31, 2010 4:52 PM
The Freemason society under the jurisdiction of the all Seeing Eye, Master
Brenner has selected you to be a beneficiary of our 2010 foundation laying
also an optional opening at the round table of the Freemason society after
These grants are issued every year around the world in accordance with the
the Freemasons as stated by Thomas Paine in 1808 which is to ensure the
freedom of man and to enhance mans living conditions.
We will also advice that these funds which amount to USD1.1million be used to
lot of man through your own initiative and also we will go further to inform
open slot to become a Freemason is optional, you can decline the offer.
FILL THE INFORMATION BELOW
Send your details to Mr. Macolm Spears
Mrs. Jennifer Anderson
Grand Lodge Office Co-Secretary's.
Why is this a scam?
Oh, lots of reasons.... Here are ten right off the top. There
are lots more!
Do you HONESTLY think that the Masons can pull names out of
a hat and give them a MILLION DOLLARS?
There's no such thing (person, place, group, or website) as
"masonrygrantbeneficiary.org". The domain name is unused. So
they've got an e-mail address at an domain that doesn't exist. How
There's no such entity as "The Freemason society". We have
lodges and grand lodges - and the bodies associated with Freemasonry, while
having their own names which might sound strange to the non-Masonic ear, do,
nevertheless, have addresses! Real, honest-to-gosh addresses which they're
not afraid to share.
If somebody's giving away a million dollars, wouldn't they
know you already?
Are you really so well-known for your charity involvement
that someone would be ready to hand you a million dollars? REALLY? Think
Thomas Paine was not a Mason. He wrote a treatise about
Freemasonry but he himself was an atheist and ineligible for membership. (See
Freemasonry doesn't offer membership through an "open slot"
system. It's just so ludicrous. Please read our section
here on how one becomes a member;
Do organizations with enough spare cash to toss a million
dollars at somebody they don't know ask them to reply to an AOL address? Too
cheap to have their own domain? (Wait: we already answered that above,
didn't we? <Sigh....>)
Why would an organization with a phone number ostensibly in
Malaysia be passing out US Dollars? Isn't that a bit odd - and likely a
violation of that country's laws!
What's a "Co-Secretary's"? Bad grammar from someone whose
native tongue is not English or, perhaps, is simply grossly uneducated - and
hardly a person to be sending out covering letters (e-mails) on behalf of
somebody who's passing around million dollar packets;
We could go further but you should get the picture by now.
Plainly and simply, this - and all such offers like it - are bogus. Don't be
misled through greed or giddy excitement. Hit the delete button on an e-mail
like this and move on.
In a nearly duplicate copy posted with a multiple-thousand
collection of other scam e-mails
here, their copy came from FREEMASON ORG. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The domain freemason.org is owned by the Grand Lodge of California and has been
for many years. eircom.net is an Irish broadband provider. What are the odds, do
you suppose, that the Grand Lodge of California has millions of dollars to give
to people - non-members - by e-mail but in order to collect, you've got to get
in contact with someone who uses an internet provider in Ireland?
I know: you think that because you don't know anything about the
Masons this might have been true. You were hoping.... But honestly: have you
been SO well recognized for your charity efforts that somebody would be throwing
money at YOU directly and not your oh-so-well-known charity?
See this page for
other e-mail scams involving Freemasonry.
Last updated: 2 August 2010
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