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From: "award committee" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 09:53:34 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION FOR YOUR LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION
MTN-MEGA-MILLIONLOTTERY 2006SPECIAL WINNING NOTIFICATIONWe are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 10TH of SEPTEMBER 2006 from the AUSTRALIAN International Lottery program held in SOUTH AFRICA by South African leading lottery organization (MTN-MEGA-MILLION ). Your email address was attached on ticket number; 47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002.It was not an individual lotto playing, but the computer itself picked out from all over the world. 2,000,000 email addresses was selected and picked from the Internet, so those email addresses of Participants that was selected and picked from the internet were again selected through a computer ballot system drawn from among the 2,000,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world, this is called the computer ballot.THE PROGRAM WAS HELD BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN LEADING LOTTERY ORGANIZATION,This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the second category. You hereby qualified as one of the winners and have been approved a lump sum pay of US$ 1,750,000.00 (ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNHRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize of US28, 000,000.00 shared among sixteen lucky winners in this category.FOR MORE ENQUIRIES AND INFORMATIOThis Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Further more; you have to note that this program is strongly behind FIFA SUPPORT AFRICAN TEAM, to create awareness for the coming 2010 world Cup, which is to be host by South Africa.YOUR WINNING PRIZE WILL BE RELEASED FROM THIS REGIONAL BRANCH OFFICE IN JOHANNESBURG (MEGA LOTTERY).We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our final year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE; simply contact our fiduciary agent, Dr.Chandum Zuma, Prof. Bruce Scott ( Chandumz@yahoo.com, Bruce_663@hotmail.com ) to file for your claim.Please quote your reference, batch and winning number and your winning amount, which can be found below; you are required to include your full address together with your email address to help locate your file easily.REF NO: 475061725BATCH NO: 7056490902/188WINNIN NO: 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17AMOUNT: US$ 1,750,000.00Mr. Kuash Behler, Our First second category Winner ofUS$ 1,750,000.00 from Amsterdam, Holland21st January 2005.
Our Second Winner Mrs. Ali Fatima from Nepal receiving her winning cheque of US$1,750,000.00 also on the picture is her husband and friends rejoicing with them. April 18th 2005THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT TO YOU FROM:THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,HENRY ROBERTSONMRS. RICKY ARSENAL.
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTION,
MTN-MEGA-MILLION LOTTERY.MTN-MEGA-MILLION LOTTERYFor security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming, Internet scams and unwarranted individuals taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.Note that all winnings MUST be claimed before OCTOBER 2006 ENDS; otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed.Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!Kind Regards
PROMOTIONS MANAGERPLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENTDR. Chandum ZumaTEL: 27 73 381-0508E-MAIL: email@example.comProf. Bruce ScottE-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgPROCESSING MANAGER,REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICAMEGA LOTTERYUINVERSAL BUILDING, 132 – 133 PARK HURSTBALFOUR – UNIT 1440. JOHANNESBURG. 2001GAUTENGANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE
WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION;
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