Hospitalized Patients

How the scam works:

You come across somebody online who is in need of your help. She might say she is in a hospital in the Ivory Coast, London, or Amsterdam with cancer (some scammers even shave their heads). Meanwhile, her children might need to be taken care of (or need college money). The story is really emotional and compelling with pictures attached to every message. People feel bad at not helping the unfortunate and become victims as soon as they start sending money. Most of the “hospitalized patients” keep the conversation going as long as they can and always come up with unforeseen expenses.

In the most recent variation of the scam, a 'lady' claims to be the sister of a certain Dieynaba Sarr Diatta, a pregnant woman expecting triplets in Senegal, West Africa. She says the unborn children have a terminal tumor and need urgent medical attention. The scammer even attaches pictures (below) of the ultrasound.

How to avoid:

It's nice of you to help people in need, but unfortunately there are literally thousands of scammers out there who take advantage of people's generosity. They are all experts at telling a heartbreaking, but completely untrue, story. Only help if you have strong proof that your money is going towards what it is supposed to. Really it's best to help the unfortunate through large, registered charities.


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4 thoughts on “Hospitalized Patients”

  1. Here is the French version of this scam, from Josiane Ferer. lol

    Que la paix du Père tout-puissant soit avec vous et toute votre famille. Mon nom est Madame Josiane FERER une vieille femme, veuve. Tu dois te demander ou j ai eu ton adresse e mail…

    C’est après quelques recherches sur le net et suite a une prière intense que je suis tombé sur ton mail. J’ai travaillé à l’ambassade du BÉNIN ( ambassade du BENIN près l Angleterre) pour de nombreuses années , où j’ai pu économiser une grosse sommes d argent de 6.000.000.00 € dans un compte qui se trouve dans une Banque de l Afrique de l Ouest précisément au bénin , Après une longue maladie je me suis rendu à Londres au Royaume Uni ou mon docteur ma diagnostiqué un cancer qui est déjà à sa phase terminale et que je ne durerais plus pour longtemps.

    Alors compte tenue de mon état de santé j’ai décidé de donner ces fonds à une église,des orphelinats, une organisation ou une bonne personne qui utilisera cet argent a un bon fin.

    Je me permet de croire que je suis tombé sur la bonne personne. Si vous voulez faire ce travail dont j’ai besoin, veuillez m’écrire avec une volonté aimable et je vous direz comment faire pour récupérer l’argent, voici mon adresse émail: josianeferer@yahoo.fr

  2. Here is my scam email…

    From Mrs,Nasani Louga

    Dear,

    I am Mrs,Nasani Louga from Israel a widow to late Mr Steven Louga I am 68 years old, I am a Christian , suffering from long time cancer of the breast, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I wouldn’t live more than three months, acco rding to my doctors, and in all indication regards to medical analysis, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage that no hope for me to be a living person again,

    My late husband was killed during the France raid against terrorism in Ivory Coast, and during the period of our marriage we could not produce any child my late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. the doctors has advised me that I may not live for more than Four months, so I now decided to divide the part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the church in America, Africa, As i a an d Europe especially create solution to problem of less privileged ones and orphanage homes.

    I selected you after visiting the website I prayed over it; I am willing to donate the sum of US$2.5 million dollars, to the less privileged. Please I want you to note the fund is lying in a bank in Ivory Coast and upon my instruction will file in an application for the transfer of the money in your name.

    Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be used for the said purpose even though I am late then, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity and I made the promise to God that the fund will be use to build his temple. May the grace of our lord Jesus the love of God and the fellowship of God be with you and your family I await urgent reply.

    God blesses you.

  3. Dang, I received a similar email from Portugal LOL. Here it is:

    My Name is Sr. Ramiro De Emerico

    I am from Portugal I have been diagnosed with cancer. It has defiled
    all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few
    months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly
    lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even
    myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous;

    I was always hostile to People and only focused on my business as that
    was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now
    know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all
    the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to
    come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I
    have lived it. I would want to have a Personal and Trustworthy
    Relationship with you, as I intend and willing to empower the change
    of ownership for the transfer of my Deposits to your personal
    possession for further Investment and Charity Disbursement to the Less
    Privilege and Homeless write me via my mail:ramiroemerico40@gmail.com

    I will send you the photos of me and my very hopeless and selfish
    family members, including my wife, who I learn t is getting married to
    my personal friend and attorney,

    Thank you for your due consideration. God be with you

    Yours Brother.

    Sr. Ramiro De Emerico

  4. Here is another scam email, coming from the following e-mail address:
    barristerwilson.wilsonchambers@gmail.com

    Hello Dear Beloved Friend

    I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.
    Presently i’m in Paraguay for treatment meanwhile,i didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. Now contact my secretary in Benin his name is Mr Jonas Gbian on Email: jonas_gbian001@outlook.com
    Ask him to send you the total of $800.000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.

    I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr Jonas Gbian and instruct him where to send the amount to you,Remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr Jonas Gbian, he will send the amount to you
    without any delay.

    My Best Regards,
    David E.Wilson

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