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From: "LOTTO.NL" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 12:58:37 +0500
Subject: PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS ! ! !
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS ! ! !
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
We are pleased to notify you of the release today as dated of the Email Postcode Lotto.NL National Lottery/International Promotions programs held on the 21th day of June 2006. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 98,000 names from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions program conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our end of year lotto jackpot of 1.3 Billion International Lottery.
You/Your Company, attached to:
TICKET No: 715 4 7207-NL,
SERIAL No: 39- 02 DNL drew the
LUCKY No: 04, 07, 29, 30, 42, 44, 39 and
REFERENCE No: ASL- WF97 5G3
BATCH No: OX9T 7T5T D3N
As a category B winner, you have been selected by computer balloting system where only email addresses are oughted, from a total numbers of 30,000 email addresses drawn from all over the globe. After an automated computer ballot of our International Promotions Program consequently won in the second Category. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of 2,000,000.00 Euros in cash, which is the winning payout for second categories winners. This is from the total prize money of 16,000,000.00 Euros shared among the eight international winners in the SECOND category.
CONGRATULATIONS ! ! !
You have to contact the (VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT) for immediate remittance; Your E-mail address won the lucky number. To avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep this award strictly from public notice until the entire process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. Required by the
(NATIONALE POSTCODE LOTTO.NL).
We also wish to bring to your notice our End of Year (2006) high stakes where you stand a chance of winning up to 13 million Euros, we hope that with a part of your prize you will participate and to begin your claims process please contact your claims agent. Customer Service Unit,
CONTACT PERSON: MARCO VAN DAMN (MR)
Note: To enhance the processing of your claim by our accredited claim agent, you are advised to officially introduce yourself to the claim agent and also provide them with your valid means of your personal identification with a copy of this awards notification for references.
Very Truly Yours,
MARIA LUXEMBORG (Dr),
THE LOTTERY POSTCODE LOTTO.NL
VAN EEGHENSTRAAT 70,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS.