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From: "Postcode Lotterij international" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 22:58:22 -0600
Subject: Congratulations (Your Email Won The Lottery)
POSTCODE LOTTERIJ INTERNATIONAL
REF NUMBER: EUCL/892/9673/0065.
BATCH NUMBER: 252976EUCL0065.
CODE NUMBER: 00000000EUCL878456.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the lucky winners of the POSTCODE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERIJ PROMOTION PROGRAM held on the 10th Jan 2006. Your e-mail address is attached to ticket number 53455668899EULl59 with serial number 7646972EULl945 which drew lucky numbers 12-17-19-21-23-29 and consequently won in the 1st category.
You have been approved as the beneficiary for a lump individual payout of ($1,500.000 USD) One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.
It's worthy of note, that all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from all over the world. This POSTCODE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERIJ PROMOTION PROGRAM takes place annually and please be informed that all winners are liable for notarization and administrative charges.
To file for your claim, please contact our international claim agency
GLOBAL & CO NATIONAL AGENCY
Mr. Michael Thomas
For processing and remittance of your winning prize to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all winnings must be claim not later than Jan 25th 2006, after this date, unclaimed funds will be returned to the International Lotto company
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform the international claim agent
Congratulations once again, from all members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Once again congratulations.
Mrs. Laura Wilson
The Lottery Company