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From: "camelot lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 06:51:01 +0000
Subject: AWARD WINNING APPROVAL
CAMELOT UNIVERSAL PROMOTION
REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312
TICKET NUMBER 9901-0148-790-691
SERIAL NUMBER 6109-17
AWARD WINNING APPROVAL: FINAL NOTICE.
After a successful completion of the third category draws of
CAMELOT UK LOTTERY, held on 29th of June 2005, We are pleased to inform you
of the announcement today of winners of the CAMELOT JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS
PROGRAMS, Your company or your personal e-mail address, is attached to
ticket number 9901-0148-790-691, with serial number 6109-17 drew the lucky
Numbers 990-11-815-37-10-83, and consequently won the lottery in the 2nd
category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of three
hundred thousand dollars in cash credited to file REF NO:
MELI-T/17-F044262312. This is from total prize money of nine million dollars
shared among the thirty international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
twenty five thousand names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe,
North America and Asia, as part of international Promotions Program, which
is conducted annually. Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account and
insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask
that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim as
been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of
your prize, you will participate in our ear high stakes one hundred million
dollars International To claim your winning prize, you must first contact
the claims department by email:
For processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of
your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than the
9th july 2005.All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date will be
returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences
with this office. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address,
do inform us as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff
for being part of our promotions program.
Mrs. Jane Littlewood
For Camelot lotto;
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result in
disqualification and any winner below the age of 18years is automatically