Oregon Mason Emails Targeted

Today, Thursday August 24, 2023, email accounts for many Masons were sent a message asking for them to respond via email.

DO NOT RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE BY REPLYING WITH EMAIL!*

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE GRAND LODGE. THEY ARE AWARE OF THE PROBLEM.

The subject line says “Greetings Brother (Your Name)”. The body of the email reads thusly: 

“Hello, Are you less busy at the moment? I got a request for you to manage discreetly. I will be going into a meeting shortly, please no calls so kindly respond back via email.

Fraternally,

Brother Craig Sipp (or other known individual)

Grand Master (or other title)”

It has been determined that this is SPAM coming from “mason.masterr927@gmail.com”. Google Gmail has been officially notified of the violations of that user. Laurel Lodge has taken steps to exclude that user from any future emails.  I have been in contact with Grand Lodge about this and together we have taken the appropriate steps to ensure the privacy and security of our systems.

As of 10:30 am today, all of Laurel Lodge emails and those coming from Grand Lodge of Oregon are safe and secure.

*If you have replied to the email and are unsure as to what to do, you may contact me by telephone and I will help you. Most likely the person who did this is attempting to collect email addresses of Masons to use in some anti-Masonic way. There was no virus or malware attached to the email message.

Randy Haugen,   Secretary

Laurel Lodge No.13

Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

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