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From: zonal coordinator <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 13:19:31 +0100 (CET)
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU ARE A WINNER OF 500,000.00 GBP!!!
POWERBALL LOTTO. BV
POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-game 2006,
Date:29th October 2006
Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP
Dear Consolation Prize Winner,
Europe/ America private international e-games organizers and co-sponsors, POWERBALL LOTTO Group International, officially bring to our notice of the final draw result for the month 29th October 2006 POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-game which was conducted at our international corporate office
complex in The UNITED KINGDOM.Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits.
Its major aim is to promote music, theater, art,literature,projects in the social and political arena with a focus on health, as well asscience, research, and higher education.We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your email coupon number which was selected among the 45 lucky consoltation prize winners Your email ID identified with coupon No. PBL2348974321 and was selected by our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the E-game.
Your email ID was included among the 50,000 different email addresses submitted by our partner international email provider companies. You have won a consolation cash prize of 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) only. The POWERBALL LOTTO Group.
BV, have approved a payout of your consolation cash prize which will be renumerated directly to you by the official Payment Agency Board. Our DUE PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will render to you complete assistance and provide additional information and processes for the claims of your consolation
For due processing of your winning claim, please contact the DPU Information Officer Mr.Luisa Adams who has been assigned to assist you.You are to contact him with the following details for the release of your winnings.
1. Full names:
2. Residential address:
3. Phone number:
4. Fax number:
9. Present Country:
10.Next of kin name/address:
11.Passport Photograph (or any form of legal
HEREBY DECLARE THAT THE ABOVE DATA ARE TRUE. IN CASE OF ANY UNFORSEEN CIRCUSTANCE, MY NEXT OF KIN HAS THE RIGHT TO CLAIM MY TOTAL WINNINGS.( AGENT) SHALL ACT AS MY AGENT IN FACILITATING THE TRANSFER OF THE TOTAL FUND
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Luisa Adams
Once again congratulations from all our staffs on your consolation prize winning, we hope you will part take our forth coming POWERBALL LOTTO-wheel Email-games.
Mrs Judith Mark
Note:The phone numbers are open for you to call any time for more details.