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A Scam to Claim Railroad Magnate Mark Hopkins's Fortune


Mark Hopkins, American railroad magnate, co-founder of the Central Pacific Railroad. (Image credit: I.W. Taber, Wikimedia Commons)


California railroad magnate Mark Hopkins died in 1878 without a will or designated heir – and the huge fortune he left behind was under siege for more than a century by scammers claiming a connection to the man, and therefore his money. Read more of my story at GenealogyBank.com: W. R. Moss’ Hoax: A Scam for the Hopkins Fortune


Labels: California, GenealogyBank Blog, Harrison, Helen H. Kincaid, John R. Still, Kerr, Mark Hopkins, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Martinsville, Railroad, Thomas Edward Moss, Virginia, Willard Res Moss

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