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"All participants were selected through a computer ballot system/shopping ticket-foils and traveling ticket- foils". Are you as confused about what that means as we are? Obviously, it is nonsense. No lottery can give money away unless they are paid money. And who is "Celtel", anyway. It's a shame they don't exist...
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive use of CAPITAL letters, poor punctuation and spacing, bad grammar and spelling, etc. Note the other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free hotmail/yahoo email accounts, etc.
From: Celtel Promo [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sent: 08 February 2007 10:41
Subject: Award Notification Final Notice.
Award Notification Final Notice.
This is to inform you of the release of the Beginning of the year Celtel International Prize Promo Held on the 31st December 2006. This result was initially delayed due to mix up of numbers and addresses, the result were finally released on the 1st January 2007, and your name attached to Ticket number: 165-654-098-653-110 with Serial number: 1330-01, which drew the lucky number: 25-85-76-34-09-23, which has consequently won the Prize Promo in the first category of the year 2007.
You are therefore approved for a lump sum payout of $250,500.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ONLY) in cash accredited to file reference number CL/018174955002-13, this is from a total cash prize of $3,006, 000.00( THREE MILLION SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS ONLY) Shared among the Five International Winners in this category.
Your funds is now in a security company with your prize money insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and money remitted to you as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants as it has happened in the past. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system/shopping ticket-foils and traveling ticket- foils drawn from 25,000 Company names and individual names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, America, Africa and North America as part of our annual-international promotional program. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the next high stake promotion.
To begin your Prize Promo claim, please contact our Attorney, Mr. Anderson Joseph Maxwell, Payment and release order department. Complete the below processing form and return by E-mail to our Attorney.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 31st March 2007. After this date, this fund will be returned to the CELTEL NIGERIA PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT as unclaimed funds.
CLAIMS PROCESSING FORM
FILE REFERENCE NUMBER_______
HOW DO YOU FEEL AS A WINNER_______
Do contact our Attorney
Mr. Anderson Joseph Maxwell
Office Number: +234-8025364910
(Time To Call 9.00 AM - 4.00 PM)
Note: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complication, please remember to quote your reference and batch number in every correspondence with our Attorney. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform our Attorney(claims Agent) as soon as possible.
Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and
thank you for being part of
our International promotion program. We wish you continued good fortunes.
Mr. Mark Gray
Celtel Nigeria International Program.