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From: "REV:DAVID KLUVET" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 22:17:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE
GOLDMINE NETHERLANDSSWEEPSTAKE LOTTERYSt Maarten 45V,4426 AS AMSTERDAM,HOLLAND2007 EMAIL BALLOTINGGOLDMINE HOLLAND NETHERLANDSFROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGERINTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.REF NO: BTL/4910X1/04BATCH NO: 12/25/0304
AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE.___________________________________________________________________________GOLDMINE HOLLAND NETHERLANDS Lottery wishes to inform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program by the NETHERLANDS held on 20th August,2007. Your email address was attached to ticket number 56475600545-188, with serial number 5388/02, drew with lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and consequently Won the lottery in the (A) category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Microsoft users from company and individual email addresses.You have therefore been approved a lump sum of
ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS(1.2 MILLION DOLLARS).___________________________________________________________________________Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, For the release of your winning, kindly contact your claims agent:=========================================================== THE CLAIMS AGENTS!!Prize Remittance Dept,MRS JANE WILLIAMS .(Claims Manager).EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org===========================================================Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the Release of your funds as soon as you contact him and you are to quote your lucky number for confirmation on your winning in every correspondences with claims agent. All winning must be claimed not later than 10th September, 2007. After this date
all unclaimed funds will be returned to European Union Treasury as unclaimed.Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address; do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations!! again from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program. For the avoidance of doubt, your email address was gotten from one of our network websites that you visited and it emerged as one of lucky winners. To proceed on your claim validation, we will need your particulars to verify your winning. This will be required to draw up the winning papers in your name. Please attach a recent passport photograph if available (For identification at payment point)PAYMENT PROCESSING FORM1.FULL NAMES:_____________________2.ADDRESS:________________________3.SEX:_____________________________4.AGE:____________________________5.MARITAL STATUS:________________6.OCCUPATION:____________________7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_________________ 8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________9.FAX
NUMBER:_____________10.AMOUNT WON:___________________11. COUNTRY:___________________12.8.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OFCOMPANY/INDIVIDUAL::_____________________________Upon receipt of the duly requested data which is to be sent via email, you will receive the contact information of the payment office to effect the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit.Sincerely YoursREV.DAVID KLUVETThe Promotions Manager(GOLDMINE NETHERLANDS)
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