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From: msn FLEX <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 11:36:10 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS!
[http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Co%20mpose?Toemail@example.com]* * [http://images.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=http://football2010.blogdrive.com/images/soccerball.gif&imgrefurl=http://football2010.blogdrive.com/archive/cm-06_cy-2006_m-06_d-04_y-2006_o-0.html&h=384&w=350&sz=32&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=vHrUlpcg9cMJDM:&tbnh=123&tbnw=112&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dworldcup%2B2010%26gbv%3D2%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG] [http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Co%20mpose?Tofirstname.lastname@example.org]* * SOUTH AFRICA FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA FIFA WORLD CUP 2010
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Your Serial Number. 513-10
Your lucky Numbers are. 12, 19, 29, 30, 37,40
Bonus Number 01
Your INSURANCE Number: LP3/7599.LTSA You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$26,650,000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS! Please be informed that your fund, US$2,950,000.00 is now deposited with the Global Omega Finance and Security Company insured with your email address which won you this prize, so we would like you to contact your agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your money with your full names. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. 1. Full names. 2. Phone number. 3. Fax number. 4. Occupation. 5. Sex. 6. Age. 7. Nationality. 8. Bank Name. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our mid year (2008) high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery.To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately; DR EDDY HON . TEL: +27-715-312-137 EMAIL: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA. UNIVERSAL BUILDING:
132-133 PARKHURST BALFOUR
UNIT 1440 JOHANNESBURG
GAUTENG 2001 SOUTH AFRICA [mailto:email@example.com] Call the above mentioned person for urgent processing and the immediate payment of your money.Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than one week, which this message was sent to you. After one week, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER: GLOR:39-4025-P BATCH NUMBER: 7490-26004-ZZA THIS GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA PROGRAM, IS A BONUS FOR THE WORLD FOR THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Sincerely, DR EDDY HON . TEL: +27-715-312-137 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA AS THE 2010 WORLD CUP WILL BE HOSTED BY SOUTH AFRICA THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND SUPPORTED BY: (Féderation Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA FIFA WORLD CUP 2010
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