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From: "SWISS LOTTO ZURICH HIGH STAKES INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS LOTTERY."
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2006 00:01:22 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU WON ONE MILLION EURO
SWISS LOTTO ZURICHHIGH STAKE INTERNATIONALPROMOTIONSSWITZELAND.REF NUMBER:SLI /432/964/01BATCH NUMBER:ST-622-SN14-01Congratulations !!!We are pleased to inform you the draw of the swiss stake draw/promotions held today in switzeland. SWISS LOTTO ZURICH HIGH STAKES INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS LOTTERY. your email address was attached to ticket number 43687400565-147swiss,with serial number8914/13 drew the lucky number 16-18-13-20-15-14-01 and consequentiy won you the lottery in 2ND category.you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000,00(one million euros only) in cash credited to bfile REF NO SLI /432/964/01.This is from total prize moneyof 4,000,000,00 euros shared among the four international winners in this category.Not that all participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000 companise and 50,000,000 individual email address from all search engines and websites.The promotional program takes place every year,pleas note that your lucky winning number falls within our european booklet representative officer in Europe as indicated in your play coupon .In view of this,your 1,000,000,00 euros will be released to you by our preferred payment center in london.120 WESTINING FIELD DRIVE,S.W 5THP.O.BOX1010LIVERPOOL,UNITED KINGDOM.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your fund as soon as you contact him.For security reasons,you advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you this, is part of our protocool or precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this programme by some unscrupulous people or participants.Please be warned.As part of the lottery programme ,to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this programme.Your prize is deposited safely with a security banking firm in England.To file for your claim,please contact our fiduciary claim agent.Mr.MALCOM RALPHSWISS LOTTO ZURICH HIGH STAKESINTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS LOTTERYInformation and Payment Bureau:
London Representative OfficeTeL:+44-703-195-5740FaX:++44-870-478-7402EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.orgClaim/agent incharge.SWISS LOTTO ZURICH HIGH STAKES INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS LOTTERY.All winning must be claimed not later than One month ,after this date it will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed, note this.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications,remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondences.Futhermore, should there be any change of you address ,do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part or our promotional program.sincerely yours,MR. FRITZ ADAMS.LOTTERY COORDINATORSWISS LOTTO ZURICH HIGH STAKES INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS LOTTERY.