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From: EURO MILLION AWARD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 13:20:03 +0100
Subject: FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION 2006 EMAIL AWARD PROGRAMME
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EURO MILLION LOTTERY AWARD 2006
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
RE: WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro Million Lottery
International programs held on the 30nd December 2005 in Madrid Spain.Your =
e-mail address attached to ticket number: 213440056545 168 with Serial number =
4188/05drew the lucky numbers: 21-6-46-13-45-3,which subsequently won you the =
lottery in the 2nd category.You have thereforebeen approved to claim a total =
sum of 500,000.00 Euro(Five Hundred Thousand Euro) in cash credited to file =
KPC/9087533308/03.This is from a total cash prize of Five Million Euro(5 =
million Euro), shared amongst the first Tenth (10th)lucky winners in this
category.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Madrid =
booklet representative office in Spain as indicated in your play coupon.In =
view of this, your 500,000.00 Euro(Five Hundred Thousand Euro) would be =
released to you by our security firm in Madrid,Spain.Our agent will =
immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as =
soon asyou contact him.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through =
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This =
promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep =
your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your =
money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fitto claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and =
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.Pleasebe =
warned.To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
DR PETER JAMES
Santa Lucia Security Company. Spain.
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account =
of your choice. Remember,You are to contact our agents by email and within a =
week of receiving this notice.After this date, all funds will be returnedto =
the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed. To avoid unnecessary =
delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any =
correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.