A sudden trip to a hospital due to an accident or a serious illness, and a resulting urgent money transfer to pay for the treatment are a common element in West African 419 scams, especially romance scams, where a scammer pretends to be in love with the scam victim. Often a family member of the scammer, such as the mother, will suffer this fate.
Who would be so cold-hearted to risk the live of a loved one or of family member of a loved one by refusing to help in an emergency? That kind impulse is what the scammers ruthlessly take advantage of.
In reality in such scams no one is ill. The "doctor" or other hospitall staff who often contacts the victim is the same person as the romance scammer.
The following emails are part of an Advance Fee Scam. See our "419" fraud FAQ for more information on such scams.
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Hello Mrs #######
Am sorry you may be scared to read this,but you just really have to listen to me because a husband of your's is in the line of death right now. I Am Dr Frank from Nigeria, I own a public hospital here, A gentleman and his son was rushed into my hospital who had an motor crash when he was going to the airport to have his flight back to the United States of America, he was really injured and have woods all over his body,i got the information from the people who rushed him here that he was heading to the airport to have his flight back to the states But he was drunk over excited .....Without wasting any time i made some necessary treatment for him cos he has loose too much blood,but right now he hasn't feel better..it's getting worst more,so now he need to be taken to a private hospital where he will get the best treatment better that will make him feel strong and get better alittle so he can make it back to the states,But right now there is no help i can do to take him to a private hospital where he will get the best treatment because it's expensive and also he haven't pay me for the little treatment i gave him when he was rushed here and there must be a payment before anything can be done at the private hospital,So when i told him about it that he need to be taken to a private hospital to get the best treatment and i can't afford the money to help him,So i found your email address inside his wallet i just wanted to inform you about what happened,I just want you to save is life.. When they rushed him here he was just screeming your name Joy But i later on findout that you are his wife to be...You should help him in anyway so that he can be taken to a private hospital,If you truely love him and want him to be with you as soon as posible, I have to stop here because i have to get him another treatment,Pls help the handsome gentle man and dont let him die because this is a big problem..I will await your reply soon to know what you are going to do,maybe help him or let him die and i know you will not want him to die..