Actually, it’s a fairly new game, though based on old (un)principles, and Shell, despite the attribution, is not involved. Received in email this morning:
Dear Funds Beneficiary,
This is to notify you that you have been officially chosen by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation International (NGO NETHERLANDS) as one of the final recipients of a cash Grant/Donation for SHELL Economic Growth and a Poverty Alleviation Scheme via your email. You are therefore advice to view the attached file and fill the official payment processing form and send it to the approved payment Finance firm for immediately processing and release of your lucky grant.
FOR Royal Dutch Shell
Whatever this scheme is, I’m reasonably certain it’s not going to alleviate my poverty. The two attachments are an ostensible Word file called “Shell Foundation Development.doc” and something called “CLAIMS PAYMENT APPLICATION FORM.zip” which I declined to unzip.
Interestingly, the email address given was from a service in India, though the mail itself, if the headers are to be believed, jumped from the Netherlands to Taiwan before reaching the States.