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From: "FOUNDAZION DI VITTORIO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2007 12:20:34 +0200
Subject: NOTIFICATION FOR CASH AID AWARD
Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY
NOTIFICATION FOR CASH AID AWARD
The Foundazion di Vittorio, would like to notify you that you have been chosen by the board of trustees as one of the final recipients of a cash Grant/Donation for your own personal, educational, and business development. The Fondazione Di Vittorio, established 1977 by the
Multi-Million groups and now supported by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU) was conceived with the objective of human growth, educational, and community development.
To celebrate the 28th anniversary program, The Vittorio Foundation in conjunction with the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU) is giving out a yearly donation of One Hundred Million United States Dollars.
These specific Donations/Grants will be awarded to 100 lucky international recipients worldwide; in different categories for their personal business development and enhancement of their educational plans. At least 15% of the awarded funds should be used by you to develop a part of
your environment. This is a yearly program, which is a measure of universal development strategy.
The objective is to make a notable change in the standard of living of people all around the Universe (From America to Europe, Asia to Africa and all around). The Vittorio Foundation has been assured of highest organization standard courtesy of the United Nations. It is our belief
that we can achieve a great positive change in the general welfare of the universe through this program. That is why the foundation is doing everything possible to get all recipients notified of their donation.
Note that your country is not the only country that is benefiting from this donation. Beneficiaries have been chosen from countries from all continents. The idea of this donation is that within ten years from now, there will be notable richness among many unusual people around the world. This will give many people the opportunity to get their lives to a stage where they had always wanted.
Kindly note that you will only be chosen to receive the donation once, which means that subsequent yearly donation will not get to you again. Take time and thought in spending the donation wisely on something that will last you a long time. Recipients are only eligible to be awarded this donation once.
Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the Vittorio Foundation, ECOWAS, EU and the UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. (Note that all beneficiaries email addresses were selected randomly from over 100,000 internet websites or a shop's cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from).
You are required to contact the Executive Secretary below for qualification documentation and processing of your claims. After contacting our office, you will be given your donation pin number, which you will use in collecting the funds. Please endeavor to quote your Qualification
numbers (N-222-6747, E-900-56) in all discussions.
Executive Secretary- Mr.Ricardo Varanini
Please note that these donations/Grants are strictly administered by "European Union (EU), Economic community for West African States (ECOWAS)," under delegated powers from the United Nations Organization (UNO). You are by all means hereby advised to keep this whole information
confidential until you have been able to collect your donation, as there have been many cases of double and unqualified claim, due to beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her donation.
Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries, no later than15 days after notification. Failure to do so will mean cancellation of that beneficiary and its donation will then be reserved for next year?s recipients. On behalf of the Board kindly, accept our
warmest congratulations. Attached you will find a Vittorio Foundation documentation form, requesting your required particulars. You are to immediately fill the form and return as soon as possible.
STATE:__________________________________ ZIP: _____________________
COMPANY IN ANY-------------------------------------------------
I............................................ HEREBY DECLARE THAT, I AM WILLING TO ABIDE TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THIS OFFICE AND WILL RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONS OF THIS OFFICE WITH SINCERERITY. IN CASE OF ANY UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCE, MY NEXT OF KIN HAS THE RIGHT TO CLAIM MY TOTAL WINNINGS DATE:_______________
Upon receipt of this information, I will send you the contact information of the ECOWAS officer, in the ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria to handle the payment. All information is strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose to which it is been requested.
Mr. Ricardo Varanini
Mr. Gianni Mattioli