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From: pamela baker <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:42:55 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU HAVE WON
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD
EURO MILLION INT LOTTERY PROMOTION
WATERLOOPLAIN PINTO 43,1090 HOLLAND .
Winner- REF: LP/26510460037/03
RE: WINNING/AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION
It is our pleasure to inform you of the declaration and announcement of winners of the EUROPE MILLION INT LOTTERY AWARD held on 20Th of Sept 2006.Having picked your mail address by our electronic web site visitors collectors inrecognition of your patronage to the Internet services, in the final draw,yourname was attached to ticket number 004-5117963-198, with serial number 99375,drew the lucky numbers 05-07-11-12-13-27, and consequently won the lottery in the 2ND category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out Of euro850.000.00 (Eight Hundred and fifty Thousand Euro) in cash accredited ofile No:LP/26510460037/03.This is from a total cash prize of euro48,400,00000 shared among the 22 international winners in this category.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America,Europe,North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program that is conducted annually to encourage the use of Internet and Internet based programs. We are delighted to express our heartfelt congratulations to you.
Your fund is now deposited at one of our ponsor's Security and Finance Trust house and insured in your name. But due to the mix up of some numbers and names during sorting of winners, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice untill your claim has been processed and your money paid to you in cash or Remitted to your designated bank account. This is part of our security measure to avoid double claiming or Unscrupulous acts by participants in this program.
We hope that with a fraction of you prize, you will be able to own your web site and assist the less privilege in your society and also participate in our next year high stakes promotions of uro100million International Lottery.To begin your claim, please contact the accredited company stated below
DETO PRIMER SECURITIES & FINANCE.
ZONE A OFFICE HOLLAND
Tel: +31 623 707753
(Director of Operations )
For information on how you will commence the due Processing and remittance of your prize money to your designated account.Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 10Th Oct 2006.After this duration,all funds will be returned to the Ministry of Economic Affairs as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your orrespondences with us or to our coordinate sponsor's bank. Should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims processing agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
(THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER)