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From: "John Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 19:56:59 -0700
Subject: Winning Notification For UK Lottery 2007
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
Fax: 44 (0)871 661 8831
FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATIONDear Lucky Winner,We are pleased to notify you of the draw (1152) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on Saturday 06 January 2007.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000,000 Emails of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries.We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.
The result of our computer draw (1152) selected your email address attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 15. 25. 29. 35. 39. 40 (Bonus no.11), 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 £2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file BNKJ/1740161514/03.Your prize award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims.
To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 21 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Friday.
Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Robert Kings
Email: email@example.comTel: +44-702-407-4602
Fax: +44-709-288-2781In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to furnish Your Claim Agent With the following information:1. Full name.2. Address.3. A scanned copy of the front page of your international Passport or Driver's License via fax or e-mail attachment, for identification and reference.4. Occupation.5. Tel/Fax.Do understand that, this is done to ensure that, we are dealing with the rightful Winner in this 2nd category to avoid double claiming by non winners.Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.CONGRATULATIONS!!!
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
John SmithThe National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
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