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From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 02:39:00 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOUR EMAILN ADRESS EMERGED WINNER IN THE MICROSOFT
Microsoft Award Team
20 Craven Park, Harlesden London NW10 United Kingdom
Ref No: BTD/968/05
Batch No: 409978E
The prestigious Micrsoft and aol has set out and sucessfully organised a Sweepstakes marking the new year 2007 anniversary we rolled out over 900,000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds) for our end of year Anniversary Draws. Participants for the draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which we enjoy their patronage.
The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching personalised email addresses to ticket numbers. If you ignore this, you will regret it later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.
Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 00190 with reference no MSW1002/07 and draw numbers 14-21-25-39-40-47(20) which subsequently won you 900,000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds) as one of the 28 jackpot winners in this draw. You have therefore won the entire winning sum of 900,000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds). The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley, London United Kingdom on the 03th of April 2007. These Draws are commemorative and as such special.
Please be informed by this winning notification,to file your claims,you are to make contact with your designated agent who shall by duty guide you through the process to facilitate the release of your prize.To file for your claim Please Contact your fiduciary agent
Mr.Richard Maskery Patrick.
Microsoft Promotion Award Team
You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications:
Your Full Names
As indicated in this winning Notification and Phone numbers.Thank you for being part of this promotional award program.
Our special thanks and gratitude to Bill Gates and his associates.We wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune.Thank you for being part of our commemorative new year Anniversary Draws.
Mrs Lisa Brown
Microsoft Promotion Team
CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
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