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From: "SOFIA LOHAN" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 12:36:59 +0000
Subject: E-MAIL AWARD NOTIFICATION !!!
INT. PROMOTIONS AND PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT
GOOGLE. SOUTHERN AVENUE 12900.
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the First
Category draws of E-MAIL LOTTERY organised by GOOGLE INT. We are happy to
inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is
part of our promotional draws. The draws were held on 30TH of August 2006
and results are being officially announced today 26Th of September 2006.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America,
Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our
International Promotions Program. Your e-mail address, attached to ticket
number 675432890044/376, with serial number 2200-33 drew the lucky numbers
1-0-11-44-03-22 and consequently won in the First Category. You have
therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of One Million (1,000,000.00)
Euro, which is the winning payout for Category A winners. This is from the
total prize money from 1,500,000 Euro shared among the 2 winners in this
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. In your best interest to
avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the
entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process
of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to
your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
or unscrupulous acts by participants / non participants of this program.
Please contact your claims agent immediately for due processing and
remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:
To file for your claim, kindly contact your CLAIMS agent.
Trust Claims Agency
THINOS 73, 10722,
You are advised to contact the agents by email.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference and
Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in every one of your
correspondence with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER:GPINT/7980/4376/06
BATCH NUMBER:33/904/G3K. Congratulations once again from all our staff and
thank you for being part of our promotions program.
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