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From: "Mr. Mark Gallagher" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 10:29:43 GMT
Subject: POWERBALL CLAIMS PROCESS FOR REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312
REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312Dear Robert Gainer,I am Mr. Mark Gallagher the fiduciary agent assigned to your case. I wish to Congratulate you on your victory, you are lucky person to have won this lottery. The information provided by you helped us process your winnings. This way, we are sure the money goes to the rightful owner.Note that we will not entertain any contrary claims as the Information you have given is binding. To this effect, your winnings will be drawn out in your full names as given to us by you in your claims form. Please expect of the sum FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING which you would be delivered to you instalmentally for the next two months. This will be ready for pick up as soon as the claims verification process is completed. The cheque will be delivered via our affiliate courier company, HUSKY DESPATCH SERVICE as soon as all the necessary paper work is completed. This should be in another twenty-four hours.E-mail addresses of individuals and companies from America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand were included as part of our International Promotions Program. POWERBALL UNIVERSAL PROMOTIONS is launching its model computer balloting lottery draws, developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of the evergrowing number of participants in our various lottery programs. This is a promotional draw which officially launches the new system. With funds accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to all winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in record time. After randomly selecting 15,000 partic ipants from an initial database of 300,000 emails and zoning all participants by their respective continents from across the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the winners of the Promotional Grand Draw prize.Find below the contact details for the courier firm. You are advised to contact the courier company in twenty-four hours for your certified cheque and for onward delivery to you.Handling Agent: Mr. Paul WesleyCustomer service/Support
HUSKY DESPATCH SERVICETelephone:+44 70111 39374+44 702 402 6096Fax: +44 870 0686 942
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgYou are to contact the courier at once with your full name; address where you want your winnings delivered to and valid contact phone number all the requirements to sending your cheque to you. You should also send to the courier firm all your winning details, like Reference number, amount won, and the name of promotion won with emphasis on the name of your claims processor MR. MARK GALLAGHER.
The courier firm will communicate details of the contents of your parcel and the duration of the delivery to you once you contact them. (You are to keep me fully informed on all developments.)Sincerely,
Mr. Mark Gallagher,
Powerball Universal Promos.NOTE: For more confirmation concerning the legitimacy of this lottery draw, you are advised to contact Dr. Bill Knight of the British Gaming Commission.Dr. Bill KnightEmail: Bill_045@yahoo.co.uk=============================================================
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