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Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 18:07:42 +0100 (CET)
Subject: WINNING CLAIM NOTIFICATION!!!
WINNING CLAIM NOTIFICATION!!!
INTERNET EXPLORATION LOTTERY BV.
66B HEMENSTRAAT NOORD,
1085KB AMSTERDAM ZUIDWEST,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS.
FROM: THE OFFICE OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Internet compensation promotion programs held on the 5th of January, 2007 and its aimed at compensating frequent internet explorers in all over the world. Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number; CA235676778 with Serial Number AU256778899SH2006, Batch Number VCF:578999008777AAF, Lottery Reference Number 2356677798MKÃ and drew from lucky numbers 6860-9908-1096-8709-56878 which consequently won in the 2ND category, you are therefore been approved for alump sum pay out of US$1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) only by the Microsoft Internet Sweepstakes Company, payable in cash credited o Security File Numbers: ALC1679087678/2006/TH
at the Netherlands Payment Authority.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and email addresses, we ask that you keep your winning informations confidential until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you in cash or into your provided bank account. This is part of our security protocols to avoid unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORATION COMPANY is a global leader in international software producers and one of the largest processor of software in the world since 1980. We have help people and Businesses by providing affordable, reliable and convenient payment services and software in the world today and we have invested US$3.5b into software, hardware, a simple to use interface and it is a great opportunity to anyone looking to increase sales through email marketing! so you can realize your dream of financial independence.
Note that all winners were selected through a computer ballot-system drawn from over 2600,000 companies and 350,000,000 personal email addresses from all over the world online of which four where selected at random as winners in different category.
This promotion program takes place every decade . This compensational program was promoted and sponsored by William Henry Gates III and His Giant cofounder of the Microsoft Corporation, holds 30.7 percent of its stock making him one of the richest people in the United States and the world today. He was the marketing and sales strategist behind many of Microsoft's software deals. Their software became the industry standard in the early 1980s and has just increased in distribution as the company has grown, Largest software producer in the world (Microsoft) and Mr. Paul Gardner Allen a giant holder in souces inetrnet exploration. We hope that you will have the chance of receiving compensation next decade as you keep on browsing the net to boost the sales of software materials in all over the world.
To obtain your claim, please contact the processing department;
MRS. LIZZY EDMOND,
FOR DR.LUKE DAVIES (DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS).
ECOWORLD WIDE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY BV.
(MICROSOFT ACCREDITED LOTTERY CLAIM AGENCY IN THE NETHERLANDS).
Email: (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Remember, all winnings must be claim not later than 29th of January, 2007. Please note that in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to always quote your S.C.F.N and BATCH NUMBER in all your correspondence with Ecoworld Wide International Bv. Furthermore, should there be any change of your contact address or informations about you, do inform us as soon as possible to avoid disqualification of winnings.
Congratulations once again from all the members of our staff and thank you for being part of our promotion program and publications. Finally, Any breach of confidentiality on the part of any winners will result to disqualification.
MRS.JOSS BOUMAN. (LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR).