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From: "Isabella Desmond" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2005 03:37:57 +0000
Subject: LOTTERY NOTIFICATION
Programs and Events Department
The Frontline Group
WINNING NOTIFICATIONWe are officially informing you of the result of the Frontline Lottery Winners International programs held on the 14th of August 2005 as part of our promotional programs for the year 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 77007742781005-18721 with reference number 414-3721060 drew winning numbers 7-00-71-00-66-49 and credited to batch number 121FTG, which consequently won in the 3rd category via our electronic ticket as stated above. You have therefore been approved for a pay out of €1,800,000.00 (One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Euros).
CONGRATULATIONS!!!Your funds have now been deposited and insured through our security firm for transfer to your chosen destination via any of our correspondent banks or through a most suitable and convenient means. We also advice that you keep your winning information very confidential as our security policy demands to avoid double claims/impersonation and unwarranted abuse of this program by some individuals.The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system (ESS) from a database of over 500,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. This promotional program being the first of ts kind will now take place annually and we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year Five Million Euros International Lottery. To file for your claim, you will be contacting our Customer Service Unit, authorized to conduct the neccessary verification to enable you receive total payment (You will receive more information upon your acknowledgment of this email).
This promotional lottery is promoted and sponsored by software corporations and other private organizations and we intend to use this medium to help individuals generate fortunes which would encourage them to expand their business frontiers thereby creating more opportunities and assisting with humanitarian concerns within their immediate environment. Please Note that claims must be made not later than 30th of September 2005. After this date all winning funds will be included in our subsequent program. In order to avoid complications always quote your reference number in all correspondence.Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff.
N.B: Anybody under the age of 18 is not eligible to participate in this program.
Your's in service,ms. isabella desmond
(Programs & Events)