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From: "International Remittance" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 00:13:13 +0100
Subject: INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
(INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT)
Suite 402, Private Bag x-10.
Somerset West 7130
. South Africa
Your ref: ZAR/28407677/2007
From: The Desk of Deputy Director
Attn: Third Category Winner
Remittance Advice on ONE MILLION Pounds (£1,000, 000, 00) vide Uthingolotterywinners/2010.org Prize Claim /Acquisition Claims No: ASSC-FXDEP/97/07
We are please to inform you that your batch and ref. numbers have been duly verified and your cash prize (third category) will be approved for onward remittance into your account or sent to you by cheque once the requirements and personal details are verified and confirmed.
Be informed that we have in our possession, instruments of payment for the sum of ZAR14, 000,000.00 (£1,000, 000, 00), credited to file No.21300/07 to you. Again, in view of the recent South African Government security restrictions, it is important to transfer less than $5,000 at any one time out of South Africa or the funds for the recipients will be frozen for a long period of time, while they investigate and verify the source to make sure that there is no co-mingling with funds related to terrorist activities. This is simply done as a precaution, but it causes long delays and difficulties in international transfer of funds. Due to this fact, you are required to obtain these documents(OFFICIAL AUTHORIZTION,SWORN AFFIDAVIT & RIGHT TO TRANSFER CERTIFICATE)from the federal high court of South Africa which will enable us to wire your fund directly into your designated account at one time. We advice you to hire the services of the below accredited Legal Representative, who is well recognized by this Finance House, This Chamber is familiar with matters of this nature. Feel free to liaise with them.
BARRISTER FREDRICK WYNGAARD
DMV WYNGAARD CHAMBERS
He will be obliged to submit the following documents on your behalf:
(1) Official Authorization
(2) Sworn Affidavit
(3)Right to Transfer Certificate
(4) Power of Attorneys
Once all payment endorsement / authorization have been signed by the Legal representative (Attorney), we shall credit your account accordingly via swift which will take about 3 banking days to confirm. You are also advised to notify urgently the undersigned of your receipt of this letter by E-mail.
KEEP THIS INFO VERY CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL YOUR CLAIM IS PROCESSED.
Yours Sincerely ,
(Deputy Director: International Remittance)
Secretarial Office, ETH Zentrum, IFHGloriastr. CH-7082
. Zurich Switzerland.
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