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From: "Stafford, Kay (MNPS)" <Kay.Stafford@mnps.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 11:02:53 -0600
Subject: Microsoft Word 2009 Lottery Team: Your Email Has Won 5.5 Million Pounds:
Microsoft Word International Promotions Department,
Mword Lottery, United Kingdom.
Phone:+447031964305 or +447031908604
REF NO: MSW/78A-843BH/B
FBI VERIFICATION No: fbi/msw/verified/000345
Today, we announce the winners of the MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS PROGRAMS held on 15th, FEBRUARY 2009. Your company or yourpersonal e-mail address, attached to winning number 63-96-03-67-56-430,with serial number 674432, consequently won in the Fifth lottery category.
Do contact the email address below for further Clarifications and to Claim the Award Sum of 5.5 Million Great British Pounds which was awarded to you in a Personality Test Program held to Honor our Customers. Your email
address emerged as one of our winners through our Microsoft Random Email
Microsoft International Promotion
Mr Fabian Grey
Director Microsoft Promotion Team.
Do email the above email address at once with all the claims requirements below, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.
NOTE: You are to contact your claims officer immediately by email (email@example.com)
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