If you get e-mail - and who doesn't these days - you've undoubtedly received unsolicited pleadings from people who supposedly have millions of dollars that need to be transferred from one place to another or which they want to find a good home for. They say that YOU can help them and, for your very minimal effort, earn a huge monetary award, probably more than you'll ever see in a lifetime! Surprisingly, every day people will read this trash and get hooked despite the many, many warnings that exist.
Although not always originating in Nigeria (there are some very "enterprising" individuals everywhere in the world), these scams are generally known by their ostensible first origin: Nigeria. What's problematic, though, is that with better software and using more tightly targeted e-mail lists, these scams can be oriented to the known interests/affiliations of the recipient.
We thought you'd find the message below interesting. It appeals to the Masonic 'connection' and attempts to gain support by taking a position against things which Masons would find distasteful. It's a very clever ruse!
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Subject: Brethren, I await your urgent reply...
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Abundant blessings from the Supreme Architect of the universe. I am Mrs Faith Terrenato but now undergoing intense medical treatment .
I was married to Dr. Nicola Terrenato ,an Italian who worked last for the Italian embassy in malaysia and zchec republic and other countries for many years before he died in the year 2000.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death,he had helped apprenticed me to freemansonry though some brothers would not accept a woman to be so and would be angry with me as he wore in addition,rings, lapel pins, and tie clasps with Masonic emblems like the Square and Compasses and these open identification incured the wrath of my late husband's relatives but with my husband around then the acrimony was bearable. All these were at variance with brother Roosevelt teaching on freedom,thus:
"Four freedoms: The first is freedom of speech and expression, everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way, everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want, everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear, anywhere in the world" .
Since his death ,I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home .When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2.6Million (Two Million six hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) with one finance/security company in Europe.
Presently, this money is still with the Security /Finance Company in Europe. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem I have been battling with. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to lodges or better still a freemanson that would utilize this money the way I am going to instruct .The individual will use this fund to propagate the activities of the lodges, encourage the matrons in the teaching of the rainbow girls as well as other masons uses as publications,even churches,orphanages and suchlike bodies. There is also a fully developed property in the Netherlands I would hand over for free propagation of mansonry.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are against me for my interest in freemansonry even as I beleive genuinely that: "When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor"
My husband's relations were so happy when the doctors pronounced that I was going to die within three months that I burnt certain bank particulars including withdrawal booklets in my moment of hopelessness and calamity. It was later I had the inspiration to donate this very fund for the propagation of masons.
On the other hand, I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers or those who judge ignorantly. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an unjustifiable manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death for I still beleive what brother Benjamin Franklin said: "Fear not death, for the sooner we die the longer we shall be immortal"
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health,and because of the irritating presence and sarcasm of my husband's relatives around me always . I don't want them to know about this development-the money in Europe. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contacts of the Finance/Security Company Europe where the money was secured. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the original- beneficiary of this fund,as well as other documents relevant to the fund in Europe.
Please if you do not qaulify as a person who beleives in the Supreme Designer with "Feet on the Earth, Love in the heart, And head in the stars", do not reply for this message has come to you in error.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a lodge or member for this same purpose. Please assure me while replying that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Hoping to hear from you.
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