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From: Powerball Egames <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 20:12:05 +0000
Subject: CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNER NOTICE
POWERBALL BRITISH LOTTERYThe Lottery CompanyPO Box 789HG1 2YR
Date:25-06-2007Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP
CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNER NOTICE
We happily announce to you the Draw Number:114 of the BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT PROGRAMME. You have therefore won the sum prize of £710,000 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND,POUNDS STERLING ) from POWERBALL BRITISH LOTTERY on our 2007 charity bonanza.
The winning ticket was selected from a Data Base of Internet Email Users,from which your email Address came out as the winning coupon. Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits. Its major aim is to promote music, theater, art,literature,projects in the social and political arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research, and higher education.
We hereby urge you to claim the winning amount quickly as this is a reversion of the fund to our following month.
You are therefore requested to contact immediately our Claims Department below, quoting your winning number: WINNING NUMER-PBL2348974321.
Foreign Services Validating Officer:
Name: Mr. Williams CampbellEmail:email@example.comTel: + 44 788 682 8146 Fax: + 44 871 264 1209
This should be carried out within the next 48 hours up on receipt of this email Notification.
Good luck and congratulation from all members of staff of the NATIONAL LOTTERY.
MRS. KATE BROWNClaims Department..
The Lottery Company England.
CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
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