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From: Peter Andun <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 01:38:10 +0100
Subject: BRITISH LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION
This woman just won the lottery in the 1st category and is pictured in her new home in Nice(France). She says"i did not believe at first....."28 TANFIELD ROAD,
BRITISH LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATIONDEAR WINNER,We happily announce to you the draw of the BRITISH Lottery International programs held on the 30,Nov,2007 in England. How ever the result was released on the 16,Oct,2007.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545-188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of Ã‚Â£2,500,000.00GBP (Two million, five hundred thousand, Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US Ã‚Â£125 Million Pounds, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your Ã‚Â£2,500,000.00GBP (Two million, five hundred thousand,Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in London.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with her. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your claims.Overseas Claims Unit
British Lottery Paying department Officer
Contact Person:MR RICHARD LENOXEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFILL AND SUBMIT TO THE PAYING OFFICE AGENT FOR YOUR WINNINGS TO BE TRANSFERED TO YOU THROUGH THE NECESSARY MEASURES1.NAME:
6.COUNTRY:7.OCCUPATION:To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers and Name in any correspondences with us for our designated agent.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank you forbeing part of our promotional lottery program.Sincerely,Mr. Phill Benson
ZONAL ONLINE CO-ORDINATOR