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From: MARTIN PITTS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 15:05:28 +0100 (BST)
Subject: CONTACT OUR AFFILIATE COURIER FIRM FOR COST OF DELIVERY!
MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM
#1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052.
Ticket Number: 8390281
Serial Number: 3422/06
Lucky Numbers: 4-7-10-33-35-49
PAYMENT OPTIONS / DELIVERY PROCEDURE
This is to inform you that Your Particulars have been verified and that you have been cleared a winner of the MSW MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS PROGRAMS.
Also this is in receipt of your mail and required data inclusive. Also the verification process has been completed.
However for your notification, your winnings is not in cash form but in Certified Bank Draft, this advice complies with thce Anti-Fraud policy existing between Lottery companies and the British Government.
The payment process involves your making a choice from these two(2) options of payment, the one that suits you the most for the release of your winnings.
1. Have your winning certified draft couriered by our affiliate Courier firm to you personally so that you can take it to your local bank to cash.
2. Have your winning certified draft also couriered directly to your nominated Bank and be deposited in your account on your behalf.
Consequently, you have been directed to contact our affiliate courier firm by email with your batch and reference numbers immediately for the delivery of your winning draft.This certified cheque would be taken by you to any of your local Banks to cash or deposited in your Bank accounts as preferred by you. In this regard, you would contact the courier company and state your choice of delivery from the above listed option and also notify us on your most suited option.
Stated below is the courier contact details for immediate delivery.
NAME: Billy Richardson
COMPANY: World Courier (U.K.) Ltd.
Sea Containers House
20 Upper Ground
London SE1 9PD
You are hereby directed to make the above contact immediately stating your pin numbers also (92166676) and inform them about your winnings and that you want your delivery made as soon as possible. Inform me as soon as you contcact the courier company.
Congratulations once again from the entire staff of the Microsoft Award Team.
MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM.
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