Masonry Grant?! – Email Fraud

It’s not every day that the All Seeing Eye comes out in the open to bestow grants on random email address owners. Usually the Eye works from behind the scenes, which is why we thought this deserved some attention:

Freemasons have selected you to receive 2.5 million dollars and you don’t even have to join them!

Subject: Dear Benefactor Of 2010 Masonry Grant

From: “2010 Masory Grant” <lyt170@lygsh.ilc.edu.tw>

To: undisclosed-recipients:;

The message itself is a little difficult to read. It was probably created on an obsolete email client and then reformatted by a mail server or two to get into its present condition. We left the weird line breaks in as an example of suspicious formatting.

Dear Benefactor Of 2010 Masonry Grant,
The Freemason society of Bournemouth under the jurisdiction of the allSeeing Eye,
Master Nicholas Brenner has after series of

secret deliberations selected you to be a beneficiary of our 2010 foundation laying
grants and also an optional opening at

the round table of the
Freemason society.
These grants are issued every year around the world in accordance with the objective of
the Freemasons as stated by Thomas

Paine in 1808 which is to ensure the continuous freedom of man and to enhance mans
living conditions. We will also advice

that these funds which amount to USD 2.5 million be used to better the lot of man
through your own initiative and also we

will go further to inform that the open slot to become a Freemason is optional, you can
decline the offer.

You are to contact this chambers with the information below as to enable me process the
needfull
Barr. Whiteman Hollis
Grand Lodge Office Co-Secretary’s
email: (whitemanchambers2@gmail.com)
Tel: +44 7045735986
Barr. Whiteman Hollis,
Co-Secretary Freemason Society of Holdenhurst
Road,Bournemouth.

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In case you were eagerly awaiting the outcome of the “secret deliberations” and expecting just such an email, here are some other reasons to be suspicious:

  1. It’s addressed to “undisclosed recipients:;”. In other words not just you.
  2. It says its from the Bournemouth Freemasons but the phone number country code (+44) is for the Isle of Mann. Everybody knows that the there has been a schism between Bournemouth and Isle of Mann since the thirteenth century. Besides they’re kind of on opposite ends of the UK.
  3. There is a QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers but they’re in London and if that phone number is theirs it must be the secret Freemason line.
  4. It seems unlikely that a group of lawyers with such a slick web site would use whitemanchambers2@gmail.com for an email address but maybe that’s part of the Freemason thing too.
  5. The “From:” address is lyt170@lygsh.ilc.edu.tw which is on the top level domain for Taiwan (tw).
  6. Finally, the English is pretty weak for having been sent from the UK.

Add up all of the above and the weird formatting in the message and you can be pretty sure this is not the message you were expecting.

Sorry. Better luck next time.

Dear Benefactor Of 2010 Masonry Grant,
The Freemason society of Bournemouth under the jurisdiction of the allSeeing Eye,
Master Nicholas Brenner has after series of

secret deliberations selected you to be a beneficiary of our 2010 foundation laying
grants and also an optional opening at

the round table of the
Freemason society.
These grants are issued every year around the world in accordance with the objective of
the Freemasons as stated by Thomas

Paine in 1808 which is to ensure the continuous freedom of man and to enhance mans
living conditions. We will also advice

that these funds which amount to USD 2.5 million be used to better the lot of man
through your own initiative and also we

will go further to inform that the open slot to become a Freemason is optional, you can
decline the offer.

You are to contact this chambers with the information below as to enable me process the
needfull
Barr. Whiteman Hollis
Grand Lodge Office Co-Secretary’s
email: (whitemanchambers2@gmail.com)
Tel: +44 7045735986
Barr. Whiteman Hollis,
Co-Secretary Freemason Society of Holdenhurst
Road,Bournemouth.

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