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From: SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 11:59:58 +0100
Subject: SPANISH E-MAIL RESULT
SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
CALLE GRANVIA 32N 1C MADRID SPAIN
RE: WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the Royal spanish Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held by a group of Bank giro loteria corporation, the Slidecircuir award and in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products,(F.P.S.), held in Spain on the 1st of August 2006 in Madrid Spain.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 212005600545 188 with Serial number
4888/02 drew the lucky numbers: 41-6-76-13-45-8, which subsequently won you
the lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000.00 Euro(One million Euro) in cash credited to file KPC/9080333308/03.This is from a total cash prize of Ten Million Euro(10
million Euro), shared amongst the first Tenth (10th) lucky winners in this
category.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Madrid booklet representative office in Spain as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this, your 1,000,000.00 Euro(One million Euro) would be released to you by our security firm in Madrid,Spain.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually. 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 by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
The information you received was to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you Mr Jim Lopez
Santa Maria Loteria Security Depatment Madrid Spain. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice.
Remember,You are to contact our agents by email and within a week of
receiving this notice.After this date, all funds will be returned to the
MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please quote yourreference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.