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mesa.net@virgilio.it [Apr. 13th, 2006|04:46 pm]
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From : <mesa.net@virgilio.it>
Reply-To : <mesa.net@virgilio.it>
Sent : April 11, 2006 9:15:27 AM
Subject : ATTENTION!!!!!

Madrid Branch, Spain.
Reference numbers: ES6075b0119
Batch numbers: ND/19734231

We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 10th April, 2006. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users.

Therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. Your email address attached to ticket number 11,17,31,35,36,50 drew the lucky star numbers which consequently won the draw in the Second category. You have been approved for the star prize of (Two hundred and fifty thousand euros only). (€250,000.00). CONGRATULATIONS!!!

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive your lump prize in your account. This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell. Send your winning ticket numbers, reference numbers, batch numbers, amount won, and your personal data to the campany name below for your claim.

Foreign services manager
Tel: +34- 699-186-912

If you are under the age of 18, you are automatically disqualified for this star prize. Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Suzan Carlos.

Dear Mrs. Carlos,

Thank you for personally writing to inform me that I have won a draw for which I had not even entered! I am continually amazed by technological advances, especially when I can get money for doing absolutely nothing! I am also blown away by how your computer system, based in Madrid, Spain, can discern by my e-mail address that I am an English speaker and send me a winning notice in English! Kudos to you and your company!

Although I am beside myself with joy at winning the star prize of 250,000 euros (what makes this prize a star?), I have grave suspicions that the purpose of your sweepstakes was flawed. You mentioned that your sweepstakes was designed to encourage internet users, but the only ones who require encouragement are those who do not use it. And if they do not use it, how would they be able to check their e-mail to read your winning notice?

I have to admit I am confused as to how my winnings would be delivered to me. From your e-mail, I gather I will receive a "lump prize" in my account, but this does not make sense because for a prize to resemble a lump, it has to be a physical entity I can collect such as a pile of cash. I am sure you can understand my hesitation over sending my bank account particulars to strangers who found my e-mail address and want to give me a lumpy prize through that account.

In any case, I have designated a local agent to collect this prize on my behalf and he will be in contact with Mr. Gomez as described.

Yours unfaithfully (because I belong to no faith),