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From: "UK National Lotto Promotion" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 16:27:12 -0500
Subject: WINNING PRIZE / URGENT RESPONSE
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
UK NATIONAL LOTTO PROMOTION,
10 NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE,
LONDON WC2N 5BX, THE UNITED KINGDOM.
REF NO.: UK/61230235017/06
BATCH NO.: 82/00613/PUK
RE- WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We happily announce to you the draw number 620 of UK NATIONAL LOTTO PROMOTION, UNITED KINGDOM / INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS which held on the 24th of April 2006.
This results is today released to you and your e-mail address is attached to ticket number: 014-026-433-162, with serial number 3217-22 drew the lucky numbers 80-62-14-53-11-70, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
It is our pleasure to inform you that you have emerged as a Category "B" winner of the UK NATIONAL LOTTO PROMOTION.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand-America Dollars ($US1, 500,000) in cash credited to the file REF NO. UK/61230235017/06. This is from a total cash prize of Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand-American Dollars ($US25, 500,000), shared amongst the first seventeen- (17) lucky winners in this category B". Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your coupon.
In view of this, the Certified Bank Check of your One Million, Five Hundred Thousand-American Dollars ($US1, 500,000) would be released to you by our finance firm in London, U.K. They will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact them.
As a category "B" winner, all participants for the free online lotto version were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through the computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 names / companies from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as Part of International Promotions of the new year Program, which is Conducted quarterly. After the computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only first seventeen- (17) lucky winners were emerged in this category and therefore both are to receive payouts of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand-American Dollars ($US1, 500,000) from a total cash prize of Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand-American Dollars ($US25, 500,000), for this categorys winners.
This lottery program was organized by the philanthropist group of computer softwares manufacturers here in U.K. while it was promoted and sponsored by the eminent personalities like, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, Carly Fiorina of Hewlett Packard, the sultan of Brunei, Multi Choice Company and other corporate Organizations. This lottery program was organized to improving the use of computer software and for the benefit of every Computer user.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, and for security reasons of the winners won prize, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is being processed and your Certified Bank Cheque is being received by you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements, so be warned.
Moreover, it should be noted that the below contact information is our Category "B" fiduciary agent who is your claims agent whom you will contact for the claiming of your won prize.
MR. MAXWELL WESLEY
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
VINTAGE INVESTMENT SERVICES PLC.
And to file your claim, you should send to our aforementioned Category "B" fiduciary agent who is your claim agent, the needed information as requested below for the processing of your won prize. And for the prompt / due processing of your won prize, you are advised to send to your claim agent the correct information in accordance with the required information as stated below.
YOUR FULL NAME:
YOUR TITLE OR POSITION:
YOUR BATCH NUMBER:
YOUR REFERENCE NUMBER:
YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER:
YOUR FAX NUMBER:
YOUR FULL ADDRESS FOR THE POSTAGE OF YOUR WON PRIZE:
However, it should be also noted that all winners should state clearly to us the MODE/OPTION of their choice with which they will want their won prizes Certified Bank Check to be received by them, either they will prefer to go to our cash payment office in Spain for the personal collection of their won prize or they will want the Certified Bank Cheque of their won prize to be couriered to them in their Country, as this will be in form of an agreement to be made between us and winners concerning the mode of receiving their won prize.
Hence your full contact address (home or office address) is compulsory to be forwarded to us for the postal delivery of your Certified Bank Chequed if you will want the Certified Bank Cheque of your won prize to be couriered to you in your Country, while you need not to forward your address to us again if you will prefer to our cash payment office in Spain for the cash collection of your won prize.
Besides, any winner who is willing to go to our cash payment office in Spain for the personal collection of his or her won prize must not only have compulsorily a valid working permit attached to his or her traveling visa for the evidence of the said winner being eligible under the act of the Spanish Monetary policy to receive such huge amount in cash from Spain, but the said winner must also have to be in Spain at least 5 working days before the expiration of the given deadline, if the said winner really want his/her won prize to be personally collected by him or her in our office there in Spain, this is due to the fact that some necessary documentation must be processed and signed by the said winner for the processing of the won prizes personal collection, instead of our Attorney who would have signed for the said winner on his/her behalf, should the Certified Bank Cheque of the won prize will be Couriered to the said winner in his or her Country of location.
With this information properly given to the aforesaid fiduciary agent, we will then go ahead and process your won prize, while your winnings Certificate and all other relevant documents for your payment accreditation including your won prize will be prepared and sent to you after proper verification and authentication of your claims information.
Finally, it should be noted that all won prize must be claimed not later than 5th of June 2006, while any claim not made before the aforesaid date will be returned back to the UK NATIONAL LOTTO PROMOTION as unclaimed won prize.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications, endeavour to always quote correctly your REFERENCE and BATCH numbers in your correspondences with your claim agent exactly as stated above on this very message
Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address, do also inform our fiduciary agent who is your claims agent as prompt as possible.
NOTICE: Be informed that only ENGLISH RESPONSES will be attended to / treated by us since English remain our general language while any response with another language will be automatically disqualified from this promo.
Congratulations to you once again from all our staff for being lucky to be part of our promotional lottery program, and it is our hope that apart of your won prize, you will participate in our middle of the year high stakes of US$75.5Million International Lottery.
MRS. JESSICA HARRISON
The Promotions Manager,
UK NATIONAL LOTTO PROMOTION, UNITED KINGDOM.
N.B. Any winner below age of twenty (20) is automatically disqualify from this promo while any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will also result to disqualification.