Charity Fraud

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 <jameswhite2008247@yahoo.co.uk>
Judul: Message from Barrister James White
Kepada: <redacted>
Tanggal: Jumat, 3 Juli, 2009, 1:02 AM

Attn: <redacted>

Your e-mail was received once again hope you understand the reason for the delay on the processing of your grant.

I will enlighten you more on how the Freemason society grant works as a benefactor of their 2009 grant awards, This grant is been awarded yearly to different individual world wide to enable the enchantment and betterment of mankind in your region through your own initiatives and works.

As a benefactor of this year award grant in your region for the sum of two million and five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000.00) to enable the betterment of mankind in any way through your initiative works, which you have already enlighten the Freemason society about your project (Help needy People And Organizations) which is also part of the aim of the freemason society grant and this grant is not only been used to better mankind only in your region but to you as the benefactors and families as you have mentioned.

For further information about our works in life’s and history click on http://www.masonicinfo.com/charities.htm, signup page for benefactor program link would be available soonest and would be e-mail to you.

In the interim time, like I wrote on my previous e-mail your grant has already been awarded to you, which you have provide us with the initial requirement to proceed on which after verification it was successful with all the necessary documentation for clear purpose also with legal procedures for me to represent you as your attorney in England for your grant process only.

As stated below.

1, Identification (like passport, driving license or ID card)

2, taxation document (tax clearance receipt for at least for the past 3-6 months from the Inland Revenue).

3, right of power of attorney (POA)

Below is the other requirement needed to complete the grant release to you, as benefactor of the 2009 Freemason society grant.

1, letter of intend on how you plan in using this grant for the benefit of mankind in region.

2, your bank account information. (With any of the bank as stated on my previous e-mail to you CITI Bank and Lloyd Bank Freemason Grant Benefactors that are existing customer to the above mentioned bank are not required to setup an account with the above bank as they are subsidy bank online to the Freemason Society.) .

Meanwhile, as stated on your previous e-mail on 31-3-2009 I shall provide an option on how you will make the payment to setup your bank account.

In return of my next e-mail after your responses with the first requirement I shall provide you the directives.

Regards.
Barrister James White.
Tel: +44 702-408-8690
Fax: +44 870-974-5617
Yours attorney at law

This email may contain information which is confidential and/or privileged. The information is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents is prohibited. If you have received this electronic transmission in error, please notify the sender by telephone or return email and delete the material from your computer. Copyright 2009 all rights reserved.....................
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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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