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From: "mega lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 10:00:43 +0200
FROM: THE DESK OF FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER MR RICHARD BALOYI .
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/ PROCESSING PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of winners of the GLOBAL
MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, held on 11/ 03/ 2005 as
part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and
companies from Africa, America,Asia,Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East,
and NewZealand as part of our electronic business PromotionsProgram. You
qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting various websites we are
running the e-business promotions for.You/Your Company, attached to ticket
number : 700-45309-7482, with serial number:515-10-29080 drew the lucky
numbers 12, 19, 29, 30, 37, 40+01 and consequently won in the Second
Category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$1.950.000.00 One Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars in cash,
which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the
total prize money of US$7.8 million shared among the four international
winners in the Second category.
I am Mr.RICHARD BALOYI the fiduciary agent assigned to your case I wish to
Congratulate you on your victory, you are a lucky person to have won this
lottery. You are required to forward the following details to help
facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will
facilitate the Your winning price is to the tune of 1.950.000.00 One Million
Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars.
1. Full names.
2. Phone number.
3. Fax number.
You are advised to forward this information as soon as possible to enable us
attend to your winnings. Our firm has been contracted to handle payments on
your behalf, once we confirm your information, your payments would be
processed . Everything was done in such a way that our payments mode would
meet the standards set by the Lottery boards.After you have sent down these
information, a certificate will be prepared for you. This is to be your
proof of winning from this office to the payment center before they release
Be advised that your winnings would be paid to you in Four(4) installments
This is done because of the amount won by you. This money would be paid to
you on instalmental basis via the Correspondent Bank of the Lottery
promoters. You are advised to keep your winning numbers secret to avoid
unscrupulous elements from taking advantage of the situation.
Once again, congratulations. Your fund is now deposited with the Global mega
lottery/ Finance and Company insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some
numbers and names, we ask that you keep this awar strictly from public
notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your
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 mid year (2005) high stakes US$1.3
billion International Lottery.To begin your claim, please contact your .
MR. RICHARD BALOYI
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
234, Woodmead Street,
9Th Floor Unit 999
Contact the claim agent immediately; For due processing and remittance of
your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, you must
contact your claim agent as soon as possible. After this date, all funds
will be returned as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers
provided below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER:GLOR-39-4025-P, BATCH NUMBER: 7490-26004-ZZA.
Congratulations once again
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