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From: "flora adams" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 02:57:08 +0000
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY PRIZE.
MICROSOFT ONLINE SCIENTIFIC GAME LOTTERY
58 LORD STREET,
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY PRIZE.
We happily announce to you the draw of the MICROSOFT ONLINE SCIENTIFIC GAME
LOTTERY International programs held on AUGUST 18TH , 2006 in Lancashire
Your e-mail address attached to Lucky number:MOSGL/0305299 won you the
lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved to claim a
total sum of GBP250,000.00 (Two Hundred and fifty Great Britain Pounds
This is from a total cash prize of GBP2,500,000.00Great Britain Pounds
Sterling,shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this
category.Please note that your e-mail attached to your lucky winning number
falls within our United Kingdom Booklet Representative in Lancashire .
In view of this, your GBP250,000.00 (Two Hundred and fifty Great Britain
Pounds Sterling) payment draft and the associated winning documents would be
facilitated by our Accredited Agent in the United Kingdom.
Our Accredited Agent will immediately commence the facilitation as soon as
you contact him.All Winners were selected randomly from Worldwide Websites,
email adresses and guestbooks through computer draw ballot system and
extracted from over 100,000 individuals and companies email addresses.
This promotion takes place annually and it is sponsored by his Highness
Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft and his associates to encourage
the use of internet and computers world wide.
For security reasons, you are strictly advised to keep your winning
informations highly confidential till your claims are processed and your
payment draft and associated winning documents are facilitated.This is part
of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse
of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our ACCREDITED AGENT
NAME: WILLIAM PARKER
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to contact MR WILLIAM
PARKER with the followings details :
LUCKY WINNING NUMBER.
Quote your Lucky number:MOSGL/0305299 in all correspondence with our
designated ACCREDITED AGENCY.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Our special thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sultan of Brunei, Bill
Gates of microsoft and all his associates.
MRS. FLORA ADAMS.
MICROSOFT ONLINE SCIENTIFIC GAME ZONAL CO-ORDINATOR.
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