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From: "MICROSOFT LOTTERY JULY 2007" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 07:20:37 -0400
Subject: MICROSOFT LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION
FROM THE DESK OF
THE E-MAIL PROMOTIONS MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD
DEPARTMENT, MICROSOFT WORD CORPORATION LOTTERY, USA
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on JULY 25 2007,
from the Microsoft International Lottery Programme; which is fully
based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail
addresses from different sites.Your email address was attached to
ticket number: 17212, Serial Number 7741137002.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND
BRISTISH POUNDS STERLING in cash credit file Ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from
the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from 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 annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by the
Microsoft Co-operation world wide as part of their social
responsibility for the eradication of poverty and to promote the use
of the internet globally.
Further more, your detail (e-mail address) falls within our England
Representative Office in London as indicated in your play coupon and
your prize of SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND BRISTISH POUNDS STERLING will be
released to you from our regional branch office in London. We hope
that with part of your prize, you will be able to participate in our
end of year high stakes for ONE MILLION BRISTISH POUNDS STERLING
International Draw.Your Winning Fund (International Certified Cheque)
has been insured with the Paying Bank with REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937 and
will be ready to be handed over or delivered to you when you are
through with the official process involved.
It will be delivered to you by our Claims Officer/Paymaster Staff in
charge of the London Zone (MR.BARRY FERGUSON). Your E-mail address
should be used in all correspondence with your Claims Officer. Please
note that you are to contact him via email and phone calls as we are
promoting the use of E-mail services. Also you have the right to call
him to confirm your winning Details.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
Simply contact our Claims Officer/Pay Master,
Phone No: +44704 571 8165 to file for your claim .
Please ensure that you quote your Reference, Batch and Winning Numbers
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.
Congratulations once more from the entire Management and Staff of
Microsoft Co-operation to all our lucky winners this year. Thank you
for being part of this promotional lottery program. Our special thanks
and gratitude to Bill Gates of Microsoft and all his Associates for
alleviating poverty round the World.