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From: GLOBER LOTTERY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:37:53 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Mrs. Betty Anderson
YOUR CLAIM NOTIFICATION NOS:
RE: WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
Ref. Number: 633/98/401
GLOBAL SOFTWARE LOTTO
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Global Software Lotto Winners International programs held on the 25th of september, 2006. Your e-mailaddress attached to ticket No:008-115-627-609 with prize No323-509-992GLH drew ÃÂ¢Ã¢ â¬950,000.00 which was first in the 2nd class of the draws. You are to receive ÃÂ¢ Ã¢ â¬950,000.00(Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euro Only).
Please be informed that because of mix up in cashpay-outs, we ask you to keep your winning information confidential untilyour fund ( Ã¢âÂ¬â¬950,000.00) has been fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank. This measure must be adhered to in order to avoid the loss of your cash prizes.Prize-winners of our cashprizes are advised to adhere to these instructions to forestall theabuse of this program by other participants.
It's important to notethat thisdraws were conducted formally, and winners are selected through an internet ballot system from 74,000 individual and companiese-mailaddresses, hence, the draws are conducted around the world through our internet based ballot system.
The promotion is sponsored and promoted by Global Software Group.We congratulate you once again. We hope you will use part of it in our next draws; the jackpot winning is S$20million. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 7days ofthis draw.
After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be forfeited and included in the next sweepstake. Please, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your winning numbers in all correspondence with us.
Congratulations once again from all members of the Global Software lotto.
Thank you for being part of our promotional program. For immediate release of your cash prize to you,please kindly contact our processing Department with the following information for nward forwarding to the paying Bank.
(ii)State Amount Won.
(iv)Your Winning Numbers
(v)Contact telephones and fax Numbers
Contact Person:Mr. Jim Kelly Jim
(International Processing Department).
Congratulations once again.
Mrs. Betty Anderson