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Subject: FINAL NOTIFICATION!!!
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
I CANARY WHARF STREET,
We acknowledge the receipt of your mail.
We write to inform you that the management of Universial Lottery
Promotion have appoved you the payment of 1,050,000.00GBP (One Million And Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterlings) as one of the winners in our last
promotion.Your payment draft is ready and have been insured and bonded up to the exact amount won.
The next step is to transfer your award winning fund into your account in Nepal, since our winners would be paid by bank transfer.Normally international transfer takes about 24hours for the fund to reflect in your account.It is mandatory for all our promotion winners to do the notarization and the anti-terrorist/drug clearance processing at the court of England before award can be remitted in their respective accounts because the bank has made it known to us that due to the magnitude of fund to be remitted into your account,winners are meant to do the anti-terrorist and drug clearance processing as it is a new policy passed by the british government because of the recent terrorist attack in london.
In accordance with the statutory laws establishing this organization, All
won Prizes must be notarized in the court of law before released.The notarization of winners prizes is customary and in line with the fiscal authority of the United Kingdom lottery and game ordinance. The notarization of your winning is a policy act of the fiscal authority to monitor the cash flow out of United Kingdom and to ascertain the viability of this fund.
The notarization of your winning is an endorsement from the legal arm of government that your winning is viable and can be transferred out of the country. Due to the huge amount involved, Winners has to be fully certified in the court of competent jurisdiction, it was resolved and endorsed by the lottery governing board and united nation council after the terrorist attach to United Kingdom and September 11th event that struck United States of America to duly certify in the court of law that our winners fund are not as way of money laundering, related to as drug money or fund meant for terrorist sponsorship by our company or by the beneficiary.
You are urgently required to make available a copy of your IDENTIFICATION
(either driver's lincense,international passport or national identification)
which winners to forward as an email attachment.On receipt of this requirement,the contact of a reputable resident attorney would be forwarded to you,to make contact for immediate commencement on the processing of your claim for the successful remittance of your award into your account.As soon as your award winning fund have been sucessfully remitted in your account,your certificate of winning and a letter of invitation for the grand reception to be held in honour of our promotion winners in London,United Kingdom would be sent to you through the courier services.
Please note that the mode of payment is only possible when the
beneficiary cannot travel to make claims to their respective winning.
Congratulations once again.
BRITISH LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS.
National Lottery P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
BRITISH ONLINE NOTIFICATION DESK.
GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!!
BRITISH ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF;
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
We happily announce to you the draw (#966) of the BRITISH NATIONAL OTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on 24th June, 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number : 56475600545 188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
and bonus ball number:
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitt ed to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,050 ,000(One Million and fifty thousand pounds sterling) in cash credit ed to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £10,000,000 shared amongst the firstFive(5)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 an d extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listedonline.
This promotion takes place weekly until the end of the year(31/12/2006).
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Europeanbooklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.(5647560054 188) In view of this, your £1,050 ,000 (One Million and fifty thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you anywhere in the world by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitatethe release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning informationconfidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
Please you are advised to contact the agent with your winning numbers.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming andunwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent via his email below and provide him with this info
DATE OF BIRTH:___________________________________________________
BANK NAME AND ACCOUNT NO.______________________________________________
NEXT OF KIN:_____________________________________________________
WINNERS REF. BATCH NO:_________________________________________
APPROVED FOR PAYMENT.
THIS FORM IS TO ENABLE US HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRIZE WINNER COMPLETE AND SEND TO US FOR YOUR CLAIM.
Phone Number: +44(0) 7024075261
CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Mr. Brian Hunt.
Online coordinator for BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes International Program
Mr. Brian Hunt.
BELOW ARE THE SPONSORS OF THIS PROGRAM
Dr. P. Swier (CEO), Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Forei gn Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Mrs. Lonni K Anderson (Legal Representative), Mrs. Lyudmyla Marchukova(Regional Manager), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman), Mr. Chris Moritz(International Relation Officer).