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Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 11:37:29 +0000
MOTTO: FIGHTING POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD
FROM: THE DESK OF THE MICROSOFT PROMOTIONS MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, UNITED KINGDOM WC1B 4AR.
REF.:PEC/9030108308/07. Batch: 15/76/EF36.
Serial No: SALP97585. FILE No: B665 75608567.
Security code: ZA/183/RR
ELETRONIC EMAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER: UNITED KINGDOM
Microsoft co-operation management worldwide is pleased to inform you that you are a winner of our annual MICROSOFT USERS AWARD-Lottery conducted in UNITED KINGDOM .
Your personal e-mail address or company email was attached to Serial No: SALP97585. Consequently winning in the first lottery category.
You have therefore been approved for a total sums of £800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) Credited to FILE No: B665 75608567.With REF:PEC/9030108308/07.
This is from total prize money of £60,000,000, shared among the Seventy-five (75) lucky Worldwide winners in first category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system,drawn from Canada, Asia, Australia, United States, Europe, Middle East,Africa and Oceania .As part of international "MICROSOFT USERS" promotions program, this is conducted bianually.
CONTACT CLAIM MANAGER
Mr.Cliff Alexander. 157-197 Buckingham palace road
London sw1w 9sp
Remember, all prize money must be claimed within 30 days of this notification. All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date will be returned as unclaimed and return to Government Treasury as Unclaimed. Congratulations!! once more from the entire management and staffs of Microsoft co-operation to all our lucky winners this year Thank you for being part of this promotional lottery program.
For further clarification/verification of your claims. Please contact your fiduciary agent through the above, EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBERS stated in this notification e-mail. You are to fill the information below to enable you file your winnings sum.
Physical Address :............
For Security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information CONFIDENTIAL
Microsoft takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the information in this email is accurate. However, the company gives no warranty, whether express or implied, regarding the content of this email, nor do we accept liability for any loss or damage which may result from your receipt of this message. Any decision made by an individual based on information in this email is the responsibility of that individual alone. You have to note that the only person that have the right to represent you in your claim is your appointed Agent only.
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