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From: Australia Winning Award Lottery <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 04:39:58 +1100 (EST)
FROM DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDSDEPARTMENT AUSTRALIAN
INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY COPORATION;
REF NUMBER: 475061725
WINNING NUMBER: GB8701/LPRC
CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!! NGRATULATION!!!
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 30Th of January 2007 from the AUSTRALIA NTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAMME,Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses, your name was attached to ticket number; 4706172507056490902 serial number 7741137002.
This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the second category. You have been approved a lump sum pay of $900,000.00, (NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) only in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in 2nd category.
All participant were selected through computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted anually.This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some international companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
Furthermore your detail (e-mail address) falls within our Nigeria representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$900,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in NIGERIA . We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Simply contact our fiduciary agent DR. MATHEW RALPH at Email: email@example.com, to file for your claim, please quotes your reference batch and winning Number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locate your file easily.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programmed by non-participant or any official personnel.
NOTE, all winnings must be claimed before 2nd of march 2007; otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity organization.
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
MR. WILLIAM PARKER. (Co-ordinator).
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.
CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT DR. MATHEW RALPH ON EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org,
YOU MUST CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT WITH THE E-MAIL ADDRESSES THAT HAVE BEEN INDICATED FOR CLEARIFICATIONS
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