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From: "DE-LOTTERIE ROMANDE" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 09:04:29 -0800
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !! LUCKY WINNER !
De Loterie Romande
Rue Marterey 13
Reference Number: LR/19-CH/4310
From:Mrs. Marylyn Nadal
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual draws of the DE LOTERIE ROMANDE Program International held on the 1st August, 2006.
De Loterie Romande draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 60,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every
year. No tickets were sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to serial number 25-6565 drew the lucky numbers 6-13-18-24-33-39 which consequently emerged you as one of first fifty (50) lucky winners in the second category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 2,000,000.00 (Two Million EUROS) in cash credited to file LR/19-CH/4310.
This is from a total cash prize of 50,000,000 (Fifty Million) Euros shared amongst the first fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for De Loterie Romande. The estimated 50 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in Europe history. The biggest was the 363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a Febuary 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.
Your funds is now deposited in an offshore bank with a hardcover insurance. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we advice that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by the general public.
Your winning Prize of 2,000,000.00 (Two Million Euros) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in Europe.
The paying bank will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with them.
For immediate release of your cash prize to you, please kindly contact our Paying Bank .
[Friesland Bank, Amsterdam.)
Send them the following:
(i). Your names,
(ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Contact Address
(iv) your winning numbers
(v) Quote amount won.
Suzan Martins (Mrs).
Customer Service Dept.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 31 633-705-287
The paying bank will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize funds into your designated bank account.
Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than two weeks.
After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your Reference (LR/19-CH/4310) and Batch numbers (LR/05/0018)
in every correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform the paying bank as soon as possible.
Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thanks for being part of our program.
Marylyn Nadal (Mrs)