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From: "William Stevenson" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 22:49:49 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS.../PROCESSING ADVICE
--IRISH GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED
IRISH WEB LOTTERY
IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF
(Registration Z720633X).The Irish Lottery47 Meadow Vale,
. , Sligo IrelandRef: LSUK/2031/8161/05Batch: R3/A312-59Congratulations...We are pleased to announce to you the draw of the IRISH LOTTERY PROGRAMMEonline Sweepstakes International Program held on Sat, 19 March 2006.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: drew the lucky number: (22) (7) which subsequently won the LOTTO PLUS 1 prize.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 350,000.00 pound sterlings (Three hundred and fifty Thousand pound sterlings) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/05 of Irish Lottery.All participants for the online version were selected randomly from theWorld Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.This promotion takes place weekly.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in as indicated in your playcoupon. In view of this, your 350,000.00 pound sterlings would be released to you by anyof our payment offices in Europe(UK). EuropeTo file for your claim, please contact our fuduciary agent:Benneth Cruise.Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +44 (0) 702-406-4404* FILL OUT THE WINNERS VERIFICATION FORM BELOW:
FULL NAME:ADDRESS:CITY:STATE:ZIP or POSTCODE:COUNTRY:EMAIL:TELEPHONE:NUMBER OF DRAWS:That way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant documents/paperwork can be prepared for you. Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than One month. After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your Reference Number(LSUK/2031/8161/05) and Batch Number (R3/A312-59) in every correspondencewith your agent.Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted toyou in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.Good luck from me and members of staff of the IRISH LOTTERY.Yours faithully,Mr.William Stevenson.
Online Co-ordinator IRISH LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKE PROGRAMME 2006.