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From: "walters susan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 17 Nov 2006 09:38:40 -0000
Subject: NOTICE OF CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING!!
United Kingdom National Lottery,2 Lansdowne Row,Berkeley Square,London, W1J 6H,United Kingdom.Daily Draw results:http://www.national-lottery.com/resultsnational.aspRef: BTL/491OXI/04Batch: 12/25/0304NOTICE OF CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING!!We happily announce to you the Draw (#942) of the BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY, online British National Lottery program held on 5th september,2006.Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number: 8603775966738 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the Winning umbers:03,11,13,18,26,31 (bonus no.35),which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 3 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,000,000.00 (One Million pound Sterling) in cash credited to your file.This is from a tota! l cash prize of £20,350,000.00,shared amongst the Winners with different amount won in this category i.e Match 3 plus bonus.All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.This promotion takes place weekly.Your lucky winning number falls w! ithin our European booklet repre!sentative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £1,000,000.00 (One Million pound Sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.This is part of ! our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.To file for your claim,Please contact our Fiduciary Agent for VALIDATION.Barrister Martins JerryFIDUCIARY AGENT, Payment and Release orderDepartment,UK NATIOANL CLAIMS PROCESSING LOTTERY AGENT.OCEANIC BT, LONDO
N, UNITED KINGDOMEmail: email@example.comEndeavour to email them the following informations for immediate processing, verification and legalization of claims inorder for payment to be made to you as required, inaccordance with our payout policy.Full! Name:Address:Telephone:Mobile:Amount Won:REF NUMBER:.BATCH NUMBER:WINNING NUMBER:TICKET.NUMBER:Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE BRITISH(UK)NATIONAL LOTTERY.Yours faithfullyMISS SUSAN WALTERSOnline Coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY