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Sudden Riches / Foreign Lottery

   

How it works:

 
 

The scammer claims the victim has won a lottery, sweepstakes, a large sum of money has been left to them or a person needs to "hide" some money and you have been selected to receive a portion of the money in return for hiding it for them

   
  Victim receives a check or money order as an advance and is instructed to send money back to the foreign country for “fees” and “taxes”
   
  In the case of the "money hiding" scam, the victim is told that it is ok to send the money back to the scammer now that it has passed through a bank in the U.S. or under a different person's name
   
  The checks that the victim receives are FAKE CHECKS but they are out a large sum of money before they realize this.

 


 

How Can You Protect Yourself?

   
Click here for information on how to protect yourself from these scams
   
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