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From: =?us-ascii?Q?Msn=2FYahoo=20Award=20Team?= <OPFHonza@seznam.cz>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 16:30:50 +0200 (CEST)
FROM THE DESK OF E-MAIL
MICROSOFT CORPORATION WORLD LOTTERY
BATCH NO: 2007 AUGUST #414
WINNER NO: 17
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER: UNITED KINGDOM
Microsoft Co-operation Management Worldwide are pleased to inform you that you are a winner of our annual MS-WORD LOTTO LOTTERY conducted in Africa being the host of the event for this present year MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNING PROGRAM held on the 27th JULY, 2007.
Your email address was attached to ticket number 214-056-278 with serial number s/n-01025 and drew the lucky numbers 724-595-62-07-45 and consequently won in the 3rd category.
As a result of this , you have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of US$1,000,000:00 (One million united states dollars) payable in cash credited to file Reference No:MSW-L/327015002/07 . This is from total prize money of US$50,000,000 (Fifty million united states dollars) shared among fifty lucky international winners in this category.All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system drawn from a collation of frequent internet users all over the world from America, Europe, Middle east Africa, Asia, and Australia, as part of International Email Promotions Program, which is conducted annually to encourage the use of internet and computers worldwide.
Your fund (Cashier's cheque) has been insured with your Reference No: MSW-L/327015002/06 and will be ready for delivery but in order for your cheque to be issued and insured in your name and for you to begin your claim you are urgently required to provide the following information through email to Mr. FRANK WHITE, Foreign Service Manager, London, United Kingdom,(firstname.lastname@example.org)
1) Your full names
2)Your full home / office address
4)Direct Land/Mobilephone/fax numbers
5) Occupation / Age
7) Next of kin
8) Amount won
9) Lottery date
Please note that above detailed information will be absolutely neccessary for the processing of your payment cheques,drafts or wire transfers.
Also this winning is valid for THREE WEEKS and failure to issue claims after this period will automatically void your payment. Remember to quote your ticket number, serial number and lucky number in your future correspondence and most importantly as part of our security protocol you are to quote this security code MSW/JUN/SS06 to the Foreign Service Manager, this is to prevent scam (email@example.com)
LOTTERY SPONSORS : CHIEF SPONSORS;
MICROSOFT CORPORATION UK,
MICROSOFT CORPORATION USA,
MICROSOFT CORPORATION ASIA .
Congratulations once again from the entire management and staff of Microsoft Corporation to all our lucky winners this year and thank you for being part of this Promotional lottery Program. Our special thanks and gratitude goes to Bill Gates of Microsoft and all his associates for alleviating poverty around the world through this promotion.