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From: "african award" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 15:36:11 +0000
SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP BID LOTTERY AWARDTHIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT:SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP BID INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY AWARD.YOU HAVE WON FROM THE COMPUTER BALLOT,THE SUM OF US $2 Million Us Dollars.We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made for the winners of the SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 world cup bid British international lottery award programs, as part of our promotional draws, Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-mail business promotions for you/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and consequently YOU HAVE WON: in the Second Category.Your winning number Ticket Number is. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17 your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, and 41 Bonus Number 12 your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of U.S $2,000,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US $26,000,000.00 shared among the thirteen (13) international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US $2,000,000.00 is now in the wire system Bank account insured with your email address together with your winning details which won you this prize, therefore you should contact your agent and give them your full names so that they will Remit your winning fund to your Bank Account directly in any country of your choice, Under your full Names.Please note that your paying agent, will invite you to their office in Johannesburg South Africa for your immediate payment, you have to hurry up and contact them immediately.
MR. JOHNNY BROWNSOUTH AFRICA CLAIMS AGENT.FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENTDIRECT:+ 27-738-078-462 Fax:+27-115-076-603NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99South African 2010 world cup bid international lottery award program is a bonus for the whole world for the 2010 soccer world.Congratulations'' once again from all our staff for being part of our promotions program.Sincerely,THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
2nd Floor SABC
P.O. Box 91711,
Auckland Park, 2006 Henley Road.
Johannesburg, South Africa.MR. JOHNNY BROWN.
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