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From: "LOTTERY DRAW" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:26:56 +0000
Subject: YOU ARE ONE OF OUR LUCKY WINNER
Congratulations!The Global Megal Lottery Promotion team is proud to inform you that you have won US$1 950,000.00 Why you have won Your E-mail address is one of 200 lucky Addresses who have won in the weekly Promotion.See below how to claim your prize.Details on the WinningsYour Winning Reference Number is: GLOR39-4025P- Batch Number: 7490-26004-ZZA.TICKET NUMBER:700-45309-7482SERIAL NUMBER:515-10-29080WINNING NUMBERS:12,19,29,30,40,37+(01)I wish to Congratulate you on your victory, you are a lucky person to have won this lottery. Your email address was amongst those chosen this quarter from our new java-based software that randomly selects email addresses from the web from which winners are selected.You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will facilitate the Your winning price is to the tune of 1,950,000.00( One Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand dollar. This correspondence officially confirms that we are in receipt of Instructions relating to the payment of your lottery winnings. Provided in attachment is a Non resident claims form you are required to completely fill the claims form with your correct information and submit it. We look forward to receive receipt of your information.NAME :COUNTRY:COUNTRY OF RESIDENT:AGE:MOBILE NUMBER:Remember, you must contact your claim agent Mr Baloyi,Call him and claim your prize after calling him send your refrence and batch number and all the above informations to his email address and call him to let him know that you have contacted him through email.Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.for claiming of your prize and remember to quote your reference and Batch Number for easy processing of your prize. That's it! Our DUE PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will render to you complete assistance and provide additional information and processes for the claims of your consultation prize. For due processing of your winning claim, please contact the DPU Information Officer MR RICHARD BALOYI who has been assigned to assist you.EMAIL : email@example.com
Tel : +27 -833-4155-87Please you are to choose your payment option at which you want your fund Paid to you,listed below is our payment modalities and option of payment.For further confirmation Please call DPU office at TEL: +27-833-4155-87.The International Mega Promotion team Congratulations once again on your winning.Yours Faithfully,
MRS PATRICIA NKOMO
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