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Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 16:12:11 +0100
Subject: Congratulations For Your Award Winnings
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
SWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY,THE NETHERLANDS.
CAMPERST 40-42 1091 AG AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS.
REF: OYL /96510460037/05
ATTENTION: RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of winners of the
SWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY,THE NETHERLANDS/INTERNATIONAL,PROGRAMMES held on
February 18th, 2005
You are attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial number
5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-40, and consequently won the
lottery in the 3rd category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum
pay out of US$2,000,000.00 in cash credited to file REF
NO.OYL/96510460037/05.This is from total prize money of US$58,000,000.00
shared among the Twenty-Nine international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
25,000 names from Australia,New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and
Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted
Your fund is now deposited with a Security Firm in Amsterdam. Due to the mix
up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from
public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to
your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
or unscrupulous acts by participants of this
program. We hope with a part of you prize, you will articipate in our end
of year high stakes US$1.3 Million International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent;
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER, RAYMOND CROSSROAD, AMSTERDAM,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later
than March 28,2006. After this date, all funds will be returned as
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your
correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of
your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, SWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY,THE NETHERLANDS.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
SORRY FOR THE LATE INFORMATION THANKS
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