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From: WILSON JACK <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 16:14:19 +0100
Subject: END OF THE YEAR PROMO.
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT. THE NATIONAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD. Dr.JACK WILSON,BATCH: EGS/ 22504002/07: REFERENCE: 15/0018/IPD ATTN: WINNER. RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of ourRECENT LOTTERY DRAWS Your e-mail address attached toticket number:085-12876077-09 with serialnumber:51390-0 drew lucky numbers:03-05-12-14-38 whichconsequently won in the 5th category. you havetherefore been approved for a lump sum pay of US$1,000,000.00(ONE MILLION US DOLLARS ONLY) in cash credited to file with REF:EGS/3662367114/13.Note that all participants inthis lottery program have been selected randomlythrough a computer ballot system drawn from over20,000 Official and 30,000,000 individual emailaddresses from all search engines and web sites, fromAsia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and SouthAmerica, Middle East and Africa, as part of ourinternational Promotions Program. This promotionalprogram takes place every year, and is promoted andsponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan ofBrunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft inc and othercorporate organizations. This is to encourage the useof the internet and computers worldwide. For security purpose and clarity, we advise that youkeep your winning information confidential until yourclaims have been processed and your money remitted toyour account. This is part of our security protocol toavoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of thisprogram by our participants. We look forward to youractive participation in our next 4 million dollarsslot. To begin the processing of your prize you are tocontact your claims agent through our accredited PrizeTransfer agents as stated below: MR. JENTA JOHN,E MAIL: <firstname.lastname@example.org>TEL: +234-703-535-5129 CALL HIM IMMEDIATELY WITH HIS ABOVE DIRECT PHONENUMBER,IF YOU ARE CALLING FROM THE USA THIS IS HOW YOU WILL DIAL 011-234-703-535-5129.ADD YOUR COUNTRY CODE IF YOU ARE DIALLING FROM OUTSIDE THE USA THEN THE NUMBER. When you contact him, please provide him with yoursecret BATCH NO,SERIAL NO.You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soonas possible:1. Name in full2. Address3. Nationality4. Age5. Occupation6. Phone/Fax7. A copy of your identityAll winnings must be claimed not later than one monthAfter the date of this notice.Please note,in order toavoid unnecessary delays and complications,remember toquote your reference number and batch numbers in allcorrespondence. furrthermore,should there be anychange of address do inform our agent as soon aspossible. Congratulations!!!once more and thank you for beingpart of our promotional program. Sincerely,Dr.JACK WILSON,VICE PRESIDENT.NATIONAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
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