29 October 2007

Spam, Close to Home

The following spam email message turned up in my office account last week:

Dear Benefactor Of 2007 Masory Grant,

The Freemason society of Bournemout under the jurisdiction of the all Seeing Eye, Master Nicholas Brenner has after series of secret deliberations selected you to be a beneficiary of our 2007 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 USD2.5million be used to better the lot of man through your own initiative and also we will go further to info that the open slot to become a Freemason is optional, you can decline the offer.

I recognized it for what it was, but I shared it with our Director of Development - I thought she'd be amused. Her eyes opened wide and she confessed to a fleeting feeling that it was valid, because we are - for real - due to be notified as to the renewal of our annual support grant from the local Order of Masons. It's just a coincidence, but an odd one none-the-less.

13 comments:

niobe said...

And what exactly did the All-Seeing Eye, Master Nicholas Brenner want in exchange for this $2.5 million? Your bank account information? Your credit card number? Or merely your eternal gratitude?

Suz said...

The All-Seeing Eye? Really? Maybe I'm just a geek, but makes me think of Sauron in Lord of the Rings. Not a good thing.

Magpie said...

Niobe - that's part of the strangeness...it asked for nothing, though there was an email address and UK phone number.

Suz - the All-Seeing Eye is a Free Mason thing.

jen said...

One can never quite comprehend the limits of divine intervention.

slouching mom said...

Weird. Don't people have better things to do with their time?

Mayberry said...

It's so much more fun than those Nigerians though.

Julie Pippert said...

Wow, that's really...weird.

Julie
Using My Words

flutter said...

Wow, is there a non-seeing eye?

slouching mom said...

Hey -- re your comment on my site -- what is/are Parent Hacks?

Janet said...

The all seeing eye is creeping me out. I hope it can't see me getting chip crumbs in my keyboard.

painted maypole said...

those commercials with the scary looking guy on the bus telling the girl that she's won the nigerian lottery alway make me laugh... because really... who believes these things? there are scams that are much harder to see through, but who on earth is going to award someone millions of dollars for a contest they never entered?

pinknest said...

oh goodness, someone needs an editor!

thirtysomething said...

Scary.