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Issue 106 - September 2010 - Page 8

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email

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Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax

Outline
Email claims that AOL and Zdnet will donate money to help a child with brain cancer every time the email is forwarded.



Brief Analysis
The message is a hoax. AOL will not donate money just for forwarding an email. Any message that claims that money will be donated in exchange for forwarding an email is certain to be a hoax.

Detailed analysis and references below example.
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Last updated: 18th August 2010
First published:12th February 2004
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example:

Subject: Fw: written by a Father to save his Daughter

written by a Father to save his Daughter !!!

The last stanza, after reading from the beginning, suddenly slows down the heart-beats..

To My Child ... don't delete AOL is tracking this) Be sure and read to the bottom portion.....

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry. Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on he porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my favorite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.

I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children's graves instead of their bedrooms. The mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly and screaming inside that little body

And when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer. It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day.............

Hi.. I am a 29 year old father. Me and my wife have had a wonderful life together. God blessed us with a child too. Our daughter's name is Rachel, and she is 10 years old. Not long ago did the doctors detect brain cancer in her little body. There is only one way to save her and that is an operation. Sadly we don't have the money for the operation. AOL and Zdnet have agreed to help us. The only way they can help is this:

If you send this email to other people, AOL will track this email and count how many people get it.. Every person that opens this email and sends it to at least 3 people will give us 32c. Please help us.


George
Arlington.





Detailed Analysis
The Rachel Arlington hoax is just one of several malicious prank emails that claim a child or family will be helped financially if an email is forwarded. Versions of the hoax have been circulating since at least the year 2000. As with all emails that try to convince recipients that an email is being tracked, the claims in the message are nonsense. Even if a large company like AOL did agree to help the alleged "Rachel Arlington" it is absurd to suggest that this help would depend on the pointless, haphazard and erratic forwarding of an email. If a given company agreed to help, it would simply donate money directly or perhaps cover medical or other expenses. It certainly would not participate in some ridiculous scheme in which the final amount to be donated hinged upon how many times a particular message was forwarded.

The concept of individual emails being "tracked" as they journey through cyberspace is a common theme among hoax emails. In reality, there is simply no reliable method of tracking the progress of an individual email message and therefore no accurate method of calculating the final amount to be donated. The logistics of tracking an email that could ultimately be forwarded thousands of times are clearly problematical at best.

Moreover, tracking an email in the way described would raise important privacy issues and it is vastly unlikely that any ethical company would knowingly participate in such an activity.

There have been several variations of the Rachel Arlington hoax. The version included above tacks on a poem written by Sally Meyer. The poem was added to the hoax message without the permission of the author. The poem, titled "Just for this day" is available in its original context on Sally Meyer's website along with many other examples of her poetry.

In another version of the hoax, "Rachel" has been transformed into a ten-month-old baby instead of a ten year old. This version arrives as an image file complete with a picture of a baby wrapped in a blue ribbon.

Rachel Baby Picture

Any message that claims that money will be donated just for forwarding an email is virtually assured to be a hoax. Forwarding such emails helps no one and serves only to waste bandwidth and clutter inboxes.

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References
Poems by Sally Meyer (Scroll to view "Just for this day")
Charity Hoaxes



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Issue 106 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email