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From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:37:27 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: BTL 2007 ALERT!!!! YOUR WINNING NOTIFICATION
British Lottery Headquarters:
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery International programs held on the 20th of August 2007 in London.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand, United States Dollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $125 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery.The estimated $125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in U.K. history. The biggest was the $363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2000 drawing of The Big Game, Mega Millions' predecessor.
Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand,United States Dollars) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in London.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies,no tickets were required to enter.This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your winnings remitted to you. This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please Note.To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your claims.
AGENT:Mr Gregory White.
Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer care:Tel- +44 7011148630 and Fax- +44 8701363095
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agents.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Sir Walter Williams
The Information in this email is confidential. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this email by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying,distribution or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance to it, is prohibited and may be unlawful.
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