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From: "British Sweepstakes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 02:57:58 -0700
Subject: SWEEPSTAKES UPDATES[CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT]
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
SWEEPSTAKES UPDATES[CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT]
We happily announce to you the draw (#1070) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 25th march, 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188/BSH with Serial number 5368/02/BSH drew the lucky numbers: 02-06-10-17-29-30(bonus no.), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £29,312 (twenty nine thousand,three hundred and twelve pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03/BSH. This is from a total cash prize of £1,201,792 shared amongst the first (41)lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 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 Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this,You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £29,312 (twenty nine thousand,three hundred and twelve pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agents will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact them. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you 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.
To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent:
Mr Richard K. Llyod.
Email: email@example.com OR
1, Winning E-mail address
2, Batch Number
3, Refference Number
4, Ticket Number
5, Serial Number
For further clarification/verification of your claims,Please call on any of our official numbers as stated in notification e-mail.You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
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