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From: "Carl Martins" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 08:38:58 -0800
Subject: NOTICE...........YOU HAVE WON..................Ref: BTL/491OXI/04
UKONLINE NOTIFICATION DESK.
GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!!
UKONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF;
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
We happily announce to you the draw (#953) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
online Sweepstakes International program held on 15th November, 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 5647560054 with Serial number
5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: (bonus no.), which subsequently won you the
lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £250,000 (Two
hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file
This is from a total cash prize of £1,000,000 shared amongst the first four
(4) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 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 until the end of the year.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
(5647560054) In view of this, your £250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand
pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
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.
please you are advised to contact the agent with your winning numbers, 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:
Mr. Terry Martins
CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Mr. Carl Martins.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
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