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Issue 100 - March 2010 - Page 7

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email
  2. Gordon Lightfoot Death Hoax
  3. Automation Labs Facebook Privacy Warning Hoax
  4. Indian Department of Revenue Tax Refund Scam
  5. Maroochydore High School Answering Machine Message Hoax
  6. National Health Anti-Fraud Association Complaint Scam Email
  7. Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax
  8. Facebook Gold Account Hoaxes
  9. Bank of America Software Upgrade Phishing Scam
  10. Immigration Quote Wrongly Attributed to Sir Edmund Barton
  11. False Rumours Claim That Facebook is About to Start Charging User
  12. Gordon Brown Smiling Virus Hoax
  13. Giant George - Huge Great Dane
  14. Craigslist Account Phishing Scam
  15. ATO Cut Off Taxes Program Phishing Scam Email
  16. Mercedes-Benz Test Questions Advance Fee Scam
  17. Check Out YouTube Request - Facebook Trojan Worm Warning

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Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax

Outline
Message claims that, every time a text message is sent on, AT&T or Verizon will donate money to help pay for surgery on a 14 year old boy who was shot six times by his stepfather while attempting to protect his young sister.



Brief Analysis
This message is a hoax and should not be forwarded. Sending on this text message will help no one. Any message that claims that a company will donate money to help a sick or injured child each time a text message or email is forwarded is virtually certain to be a hoax.

Examples:
Last friday a 14 yr old boy was shot 6 times by his step dad. The boy was protecting his 2 yr old sister, in whom the step dad was atempting to rape. The young girl was not harmed, bc of that young mans courage & loyalty to his sister. The mom was at work during this time. The 14 yr old boy is now fighting for his life, and the doctors say he will not make it unless he has this life saving surgery in wich the boys mom cant afford. So At&t has agreed to donate $0.45 every time this msg is sent. So fwd & help save a life!

Last friday 2/12/10 a 14 y/o boy was shot 6 times by his step dad. the boy was protecting his 2 y/o sister, whom the step dad was attemping to rape. The young girl was not harmed, bc of that young mans courage & loyalty to his sister. The Mother was at work when this took place the 14 yr old boy Dominic James Daggner is now fighting for his life, and the doctor says he will not make unless he has life saving surgery in which the mother cant not afford.

So, Verizon and AT&T have agree to donate $12.00 everytime this text is sent.



Detailed Analysis
This message claims that you can help the mother of a severely injured 14 year old boy pay for life saving surgery simply by sending on the message to others. The information has been circulating via mobile phone text message. The message claims that the brave boy was shot six times by his violent stepfather while attempting to protect his 2 year old sister from being raped. According to the text, communications giant AT&T has agreed to pay 45 cents to help the child each time the message is sent on. Another version raises the amount supposedly donated to $12 per text message and adds another company, Verizon, as one of the donators. The second version identifies the boy as one "Dominic James Daggner".

However, the claims in these messages are utter nonsense. They are nothing more than phone based versions of a long running series of money for forwarding hoaxes. Any message that claims that a particular company or charity will donate money to help a sick or injured child based on how many times the message is forwarded is virtually certain to be a hoax. No legitimate company, including AT&T and Verizon, is ever likely to participate in such a callous, ill conceived and haphazard fund raising scheme.

I could find no credible reports that describe a recent case like the one outlined in the message or mention any shooting incident involving a person named "Dominic James Daggner". And, even if the event described in the message was based on a real incident, you can rest assured that sending on the message will not help raise a single cent for any of its victims. Heartless pranksters create such hoaxes because they know that many well-meaning recipients are likely to send them on in the mistaken belief that they are helping a sick or injured child. Once launched, such hoaxes tend to circulate for months or even years on end. For example, an email-based version claiming that a severely ill child named Amy Bruce will receive donations from the Make A Wish Foundation has now been pointlessly circulating for well over a decade.

While such hoaxes have more commonly circulated via email, an increasing number are now distributed via mobile phone text messages and via social networking websites such as Facebook. If you receive this or a similar "money for forwarding" message, please do not increase the spread of such nonsense by sending it to others. And please take a moment to inform the sender that the message is a hoax.

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References:
Charity Hoaxes
Amy Bruce Charity Hoax


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Issue 100 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email
  2. Gordon Lightfoot Death Hoax
  3. Automation Labs Facebook Privacy Warning Hoax
  4. Indian Department of Revenue Tax Refund Scam
  5. Maroochydore High School Answering Machine Message Hoax
  6. National Health Anti-Fraud Association Complaint Scam Email
  7. Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax
  8. Facebook Gold Account Hoaxes
  9. Bank of America Software Upgrade Phishing Scam
  10. Immigration Quote Wrongly Attributed to Sir Edmund Barton
  11. False Rumours Claim That Facebook is About to Start Charging User
  12. Gordon Brown Smiling Virus Hoax
  13. Giant George - Huge Great Dane
  14. Craigslist Account Phishing Scam
  15. ATO Cut Off Taxes Program Phishing Scam Email
  16. Mercedes-Benz Test Questions Advance Fee Scam
  17. Check Out YouTube Request - Facebook Trojan Worm Warning