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From: "Asian Pacific Promo Org." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 16:35:08 +0700
Subject: ASIAN PACIFIC WINNING NOTIFICATION!!
DATE: 29TH OF OCTOBER 2005.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.
ASIAN PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS ORGANIZATION PRIZE/AWARD BANGKOK THAILAND.
BATCH: EGS/ 22504002/03: REFERENCE: 15/0018/IPD
RE: PRIZE/AWARD NOTIFICATION.
This is to inform you of the release of ASIAN PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS ORGANIZATION PRIZE DRAW, held on the 5th of April 2004, but owing to some mix up of numbers and addresses and the holidays, the results were released on the 21st of December 2004.
Your name was attached to ticket number 085-12876077-09 with serial number 51390-0 that drew the lucky numbers of 03-05-12-14-28-38, which consequently won the lottery in the 5th category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of 1.000,000.00. (ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY), in cash credited to file with REF: N.EGS/3662367114/13. This is from a total cash prize of 70,020.225.00, shared among the twenty-five international winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited with our Bank/Security Company Bangkok Thailand and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keepthis award from public notice until your claim has been processed, and the money remitted to your account, as this is part of our security protocol, to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants, as has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names, email addresses & official addresses, from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program.
We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery claims, please contact our Co-ordinator as follows,
NAME: MR.ROBERT WOOD
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 30th of November 2005. Any claim not made by this date will be returned to HER MAJESTYS DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY. And also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to (THE PROMOTIONS COMPANY). Because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery in your name.
Note also that this 10% will be remitted after you have received your winnings prize, because the money is insured in your name already.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform our Co-ordinator as soon possible.
An original copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent to you by Administrative Remittance Operation Manager of FORTIS BANK Bangkok Thailand.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our International Promotions program.
We wish you continued good fortunes.
Mrs. Tom Ong.
Vice President Asian Pacific Promotion Bangkok Thailand.