It should be easy to catch those behind the famous Nigerian lottery fraud now. Earlier today, I received two unsolicited SMS, informing me of the following:

“Congratulations, you have won US* 1,000,000 in the 2009 Shell International Mobile Draws in Nigeria. To claim your prize, contact Dr. Philip Jones by E-mail on: ***** ”

The message was sent by MD-SHELL, and according to the recently issued short code regulations from the TRAI, this message was sent by MTNL (M) from the Delhi circle (D), by their client SHELL. This regulation was put in place primarily to be able to identify exactly which operator unsolicited alphanumeric messages are originating from.

You can download the TRAI directive here.

Note: We removed the email address from the message.