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From: "AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 09:03:44 +0100
Subject: DATE:30TH/5/2008/FROM:THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE,YOU HAVE WON $200,000.00USD
FROM:THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS DEPARTMENT AUSTRALIAN
INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY COPORATION;
YOUR EMAIL IS ONE OF THE EMAILS THAT WON THIS YEARS
AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TICKET TO
BE PART OF THIS DRAW OF LOTTERY. IT IS BY RANDOM
SELECTION OF SOME EMAILS, WHICH IF YOUR EMAIL IS ONE,
YOU ARE A WINNER.
Contact your claims agent via phone +2348067955797
CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT
CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!! CONGRATULATION!!!
ATTENTION: Lucky Recipient.
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release
on the 30th OF MAY 2008 from the AUSTRALIA
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAMME,Which is fully based
on an electronic selection of winners using their
e-mail addresses,Your name was attached to ticket
number; 47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002.
This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows
5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17,whichconsequently won
the lottery in the second category. you have
been approved a lump sum pay of US$200,000.00,TWO
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in
cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02.
All participant were selected through computer,E-mail addresses from
Canada,Australia,United States, Asia,Europe,Middle East,Africa and Oceania
as part of our international promotions program which is
conducted annually.This Lottery was promoted and
sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational
companies as part of theirsocial responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have
Further more your detail (e-mail address) falls within
our Nigeria representative office in Africa as indicated in your play
and your prize of US$200,000.00 will be released to you from this
regional branch office in NIGERIA.We hope with part of your prize,you
will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Simply contact our fiducial
agent, MR,KELVIN JERRY
Contact him via phone +2348067955797
To file for your claim.Please quote your reference,
batch and winning number which can be found on the top
left corner of his notification as well as your full
name,address and telephone number to help locate your
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep
this information confidential from the public until
your claim is processed and your prize released to
you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of
this programme by non-participant or un official
NOTE, all winnings must be claimed before TWO WEEKS
otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and
eventually donated to charity organization.
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
Best Regards REV.DUCK. (Co-coordinator).
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS
AGENT MR,KELVIN JERRY EMAIL;
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE
WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATIONS.
ANYONE BELOW EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE CAN MAKE
HIS/HER CLAIM IN PROXY THROUGH EITHER OF THE PARENTS
AND DO INFORM THE AGENT INCHARGE.