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Issue 101 - April 2010 - Page 5

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. The WHY Yacht - Luxurious 58x38 Yacht from Wally Hermès
  2. IRS Tax Refund Phishing Scam
  3. Beware of Dubious Facebook "Free Offer" Groups
  4. Google "Received Your Resume" Malware Email
  5. Sandeep Money For Forwarding Charity Hoax
  6. F1 Key Virus Warning
  7. Muslim Protest Photographs - Pictures From London
  8. Apartment Cleaner Overpayment Scam
  9. Sundarbans Ghost Chain Letter
  10. Western Union Unauthorized Transaction Phishing Scam
  11. Haiti Earthquake Money Laundering Scam
  12. South African Revenue Service Tax Refund Phishing Scam

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Sandeep Money For Forwarding Charity Hoax

Outline
Message claims that, every time the email is forwarded, Yahoo India will donate money to help pay for a life saving operation on the pregnant girlfriend of a man named Sandeep.



Brief Analysis
The claim in the message is untrue. Any message that claims that money will be donated by a company just for forwarding an email is certain to be a hoax. No legitimate company is ever likely to participate in such an absurd fundraising scheme. While it may be possible that the case described is real, you can rest assured that sending on the email will do nothing whatsoever to help this family.

Example
Subject: Please Read this EMAIL, For my sake at least!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

I have done a big mistake, my lover became pregnant at a very young age, and recently I came to know that a big operation has to be done on her for her and my baby to survive. The operation costs around 5 lakhs and the ongoing situation has made it even bad , I have contacted Yahoo! India Pvt. Ltd. They have agreed to give me Rs.3.99 for every time this email is forwarded so, I request all to help me and my wife. I can not face this situation please help me and send it to as many people as you can.

Yours Faithfully,
Sandeep

Please Think Before you delete this email, you can save 2 lifes.
Please show some love toward children.




Detailed Analysis
This email claims that, by the simple act of forwarding the message on to others, you can help raise money to pay for an operation that is required to save the life of a young woman and her unborn child. According to the message, the young woman is the lover of a man by the name of "Sandeep"*. Supposedly Sandeep approached Yahoo India and they agreed to pay 3.99 rupees towards his girlfriend's medical costs every time the email is sent to another person.

However, the claim that money will be donated just for forwarding an email - by Yahoo India or any other entity - is utterly absurd. No legitimate organization is ever likely to agree to participate in such a ridiculous fundraising scheme. There is no reliable or ethical way of tracking the journey of a particular message which may be forwarded using many different service providers, email programs and formats. Thus, even in the vastly improbable event that a company actually did promise to donate a given amount per forwarded email, there would be no feasible method of accurately calculating how much it was ultimately obliged to pay. Moreover, given that the message does not record any limits defining the maximum that the company is willing to pay, it might find itself obligated to part with extremely large amounts of money. Such emails often get forwarded many thousands or even millions of times and many circulate for months or years on end. The company's obligation in such a case could quickly spiral into the millions of dollars (or rupees in this case). No organization is likely to put itself in such a position.

Of course, it is possible - although unlikely - that Sandeep and his unfortunate lover are real people who are genuinely in need of help. However, even if this is so, you can rest assured that sending on this email will do nothing whatsoever to help them.

Because people believe that, by forwarding one of these messages they are helping others in need, such messages are sure to spread far and wide. The heartless pranksters who create such hoaxes rely on the good nature of recipients to keep their nonsensical messages moving from inbox to inbox.

Any message that claims that money will be donated every time you send on an email is virtually certain to be a hoax and should not be forwarded. The hoax discussed here is just one more in a long line of similar hoaxes that have circulated for a number of years. All such hoaxes are false. Forwarding such messages, will help nobody and, in some cases, may waste the precious time of charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation who have to devote valuable resources to answering queries about their supposed involvement. If you receive such a hoax message, please do not forward it on to others. And please take a moment to let the sender know that the message is a hoax.

*Note: The original email contains Sandeep's other name as well. However, such hoax emails are sometimes created to deliberately embarrass or discredit real individuals. In other cases they may begin life as misguided jokes aimed at the people named in the messages. I have therefore omitted Sandeep's full name in case his name was used in the hoax email without his permission or knowledge.



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Issue 101 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. The WHY Yacht - Luxurious 58x38 Yacht from Wally Hermès
  2. IRS Tax Refund Phishing Scam
  3. Beware of Dubious Facebook "Free Offer" Groups
  4. Google "Received Your Resume" Malware Email
  5. Sandeep Money For Forwarding Charity Hoax
  6. F1 Key Virus Warning
  7. Muslim Protest Photographs - Pictures From London
  8. Apartment Cleaner Overpayment Scam
  9. Sundarbans Ghost Chain Letter
  10. Western Union Unauthorized Transaction Phishing Scam
  11. Haiti Earthquake Money Laundering Scam
  12. South African Revenue Service Tax Refund Phishing Scam