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Shell Oil Company apparently now runs a lottery... a free lottery... picking winners randomly from email addresses... and giving away about a million dollars per week. If that makes sense to you, we suggest you re-enroll in kindergarten, apparently you haven't learned much yet! This is a very obvious scam. There is NO SUCH THING as a lottery in which "participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through Ballot draw system" to select winners.
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive use of CAPITAL letters, etc. Note the other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free hotmail/yahoo email accounts, etc.
from: "loto winners" < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Shell Lottery Promo
Shell Management Nigeria
Batch: 074/05/ZY369 WINNING
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR WINNING
We happily announce to you the draw (#951) of the Shell Lottery Promo, online Shell program held on 14th of April,2006.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 02-19-28-33-44-49 (bonus no.21), which subsequently won you the lottery JACKPOT category i.e match 6. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Dollars) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of $800,000.00 shared amongst four (4) lucky winners in this category.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through Ballot draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.
Note that 10% of your claim will go for the tsunami victims. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our African booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your $200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Dollars) would be released to you by any of our payment offices. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.