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Hoaxes, Scams, and Unauthorized Solicitations
If you become aware of a hoax or scam of
any sort regarding Masonry, please let us know. Often we cannot actually
stop the scam, but we can at least make other aware through this website.
There have been a few reports of the following scam... a young male that
said he was a Mason. He said that they were doing their annual drive to
get sick children out of the hospital for the summer break. He did not
specify a hospital, he just said Spokane hospitalized children. He said
that all he needed was a two month commitment of $36 a month. He said
that he would send him all the paperwork that he needed. The guy I spoke
with said that the man was very pushing and when he wouldn’t commit on
an amount he hung up on him.
There is no caller ID.
There is an email being sent to members of our jurisdiction
purporting to be from WB John Ackerman from Longview Lodge stating he is
stranded in England and needs financial help. THIS IS A SCAM.
The Grand Lodge of Virginia has been made aware of an e-mail scam
that has apparently been circulating recently concerning “The Launch of
The Masonic Trade Alliance." Please disregard anything having to do with
this or any similar types of e-mails.
There is an email circulating asking for
assistance. The email contains a 4-page pitch, and it is signed, An American
Son, Cecil Little. From what we can tell, this is NOT genuine.
We are receiving numerous calls & emails from
folks who are receiving phone solicitations from folks claiming to be Masons.
Some are from Olympus Lodge, No. 45; some will not identify a Lodge. As the
Grand Lodge of Washington does NOT solicit in this way, we consider all such
calls to be scams.
Received Wednesday, April 22, 2009
From: Paul Lewis
Subject: Freemason Mailing List
I found your address on the web, and thought you might be interested in
purchasing an emailing list of Freemasons organized by the following:
US Grand Lodge
International Grand Lodge
In total there are approximately 25,000 email addresses with a price of only
50.00. If you have any questions about the list, please feel free to ask.
Thanks for your time,
I received this information
November 2008 - "We received an e-mail claiming to be sent from
the Freemason Society and offering a grant. I just thought you
should know there is a hoax out claiming someone has been chosen
as the 2008 beneficiary of a grant. They are saying it is worth
1/2 a million dollars."
August 2007 -
We have received numerous calls regarding calls supposedly
coming from Lodges soliciting funds. Once again, this is a scam.
Please spread the word among all of your friends, Masons and
non-Masons, that Masons do NOT solicit funds this way.
June 2007 -
Spam e-mails are being sent to Washington Masons by the Dish Network
offering them a special deal on satellite TV packages. This is in no way
endorsed, sponsored, or supported by the Grand Lodge.
August 2006 - A woman has been attempting
to scam the Seattle Service Bureau and several area Lodges, requesting charity
assistance. She is from Wyoming, and goes by several last names. Contact the
Grand Lodge office for further information.
February 2005 - A man claiming to
be an Entered Apprentice Mason from California has been able to convince
several Lodges to provide assistance. He says he has a wife and 3 children and
needs assistance. This man is a fraud. The Lodge he cites is not a Lodge in the
Grand Lodge of California.
January 2005 - There appears to be a
new internet scam making the rounds, purporting to be
awarding grants from the "Freemason Society of
Winchester Hampshire." PLEASE spread the word that this
is a scam, has absolutely nothing to do with Freemasonry.
- Unauthorized Solicitation. We have received several
complaints that a person claiming to be a member of Olympus
Lodge, No. 45, (Prince Hall) is asking Masons to contribute
money for various purposes. This is illegal, no matter what
Lodge (or Grand Lodge) the individual purports to be from.
Please get the individual's name and contact information and
report to Grand Lodge. Do Not Contribute. There have been
other reports of phone solicitations by an individual
claiming to be collecting money for the Masons, but this
person hangs up when questioned. Please be aware of these