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From: regency lottodraw <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 16:39:21 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FINAL NOTIFICATION:
Batch No: WD18/0105/05RN
Your Ref: NL/255457014/05
Our Ref: NL/0717/05
THE NETHERLANDS OVERSEAS LOTTERY FINAL NOTIFICATION
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to notify you officially of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 17th of September 2006 as part of our promotional programs for the year 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number77007742781005-18721 with reference number 414-3721060 drew winning numbers 7-00-71-00-66-49 and credited to batch number 121cfc, which consequently won in the 3rd category via our electronic ticket as stated above. You have therefore been approved for a pay out of 4,000,000.00 Euros (Four Million Euros).The Total funds have now been deposited and insured with our affiliate security firm (Bank) for transfer into your nominated bank account either by means of wire transfers through any of our correspondent banks or any other means suitable to you. We also advice that you keep your winning information very confidential as our security policy demands to avoid double claims/impersonation and unwarranted abuse of this program by some individuals. All participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn from over 800,000 company and 1,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place annually and we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year Â£20 Million Euros International Lottery.
This lottery is promoted and sponsored by software corporations and other private organizations to help individuals generate fortunes which would encourage them to expand their business frontiers thereby creating more opportunities and assisting with humanitarian concerns within their immediateenvironment. Please Note that winnings must be claimed not later than 30th of September 2006. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in our subsequent program coming up later in 2006. In order to avoid complications always quote your reference number in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon as possible.
Congratulations from our organization and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
To file for your claim, please contact The lotto agency in charge of
Verifications and approvals.
Mr. Jeff Raymond,
Regency lotto international,
Mrs. MONALISA ANDERSON
Director. International Promotions Unit,
THE NETHERLANDS OVERSEAS LOTTERY,
Lloyds Complex, 1091ps, Amsterdam
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org