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Scam alert from a Shell Oil Co retiree

Tuesday March 25, 2008

I am a retiree from Shell Oil Co. who retired in 2001.  I have just received the following email from another former Shell hand who retired in 1992.  He has received the following message via email.

I am sure that it is a scam but I cannot get anyone at SOC Houston’s “retiree hotline” to return my call.
If you think that it is worth it you might want to post it on your website as a warning to other Shell people who might be contacted in a similar manner.  I know most, if not all, of them would just delete it but there might be the one or two who could be tempted.

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Subject:  Important Notice: Contact Mr. Byron Winters!!!
Date:  Tue, 25 Mar 2008 04:46:39 +0000
From:  [email protected] (Emily Gifford)

Dear Fund Recipient,

You have just been approved for payment of a donation sum of £1,850.000.00 in the annual Shell Foundation Grant Award. Please contact the Finance Officer, Mr. Byron Winters on Email: [email protected] or Phone: +44-703-190-8691.

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