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From: rose lang <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 08:23:15 -0700 (PDT)
JAPAN EMAIL PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION SECTION
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made on August 8th
2006, of winners of the JAPAN EMAIL LOTTO PROMOTION, 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 you/your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for.You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 343-221-8756, with serial number 454-17 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and consequently you won in the Second Category of the JAPAN FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500,000,00 in cash, which is the winning amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$400,000,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.
Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$800,000.00 is now with TRANSGLOBE Finance securities Company insured with your email address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact (TRANSGLOBE FINANCE) your agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your CHEQUE under your full names.
To begin your claim, please mail your claim agent immediately.
FOREIGN SERVICES MANAGER,
TRANSGLOBE FINANCE SECURITIES
PLAZA DE MAR ZHENG CHINA
NOTE: 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.
Congratulations!! once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
VICE PRESIDENT INT.PROMOTIONS
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