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Issue 126 - March 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 6

Hoax - Facebook Will Pay One Dollar Per Like to Help Baby With a Face Cancer

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Outline
Message claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with a large growth on her face every time the baby's photograph is liked on Facebook.

Brief Analysis
The message is a vile hoax. Facebook will certainly not donate money to help the pictured child in exchange for liking. Any message that makes such a claim is certain to be a hoax. The child's photograph was stolen and used without the authorization of her parents or family. If you see the picture, please DO NOT share, like or comment on it. Instead, please report the picture to Facebook. Please review the detailed analysis below for more information about these hoaxes and how to help fight against them. Sharing such hoax messages is immoral and irresponsible.

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Last updated: 22nd February 2012
First published: 22nd February 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by Shevaun Fitzpatrick and Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Baby With Facial Growth Hoax

This baby was born with a cancer Facebook will donate 1 dollar for every like this photo gets

Detailed Analysis
This message, which is currently circulating on Facebook, claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with a a large growth on her face each and every time that the child's picture is "liked" on the network.

However, the claim that Facebook will donate money to help this child when her picture is liked is a malicious lie. Facebook will certainly not donate a dollar or any other amount to help the child in exchange for "likes". The message is a nasty hoax. The baby's photograph was stolen from a news website and used in this disgusting hoax without the permission of her parents or family.

A September 2009 Sky News report that includes the same photograph notes that the child's name is Tiba Aftan who was born in the heavily-bombed area of Fallujah, Iraq. The side by side pictures of Tiba show shots before and after she had an operation in Jordon to remove the growth. At the time the news article was published, Tiba was reportedly doing well although more surgery was still required.

But, rest assured that liking this photograph will do nothing whatsoever to help Tiba.

In fact, this hoax is just one more in a spate of Facebook hoax messages that feature a child's image without his or her parent's permission. These types of messages are NOT harmless. Often, the unauthorized circulation of such photographs causes great distress to the child's family. Sharing such hoax messages is immoral and irresponsible. And since they do absolutely zero to help the pictured children, sharing these messages is utterly pointless as well.

If you encounter one of these hoax messages, PLEASE do not share it with others. Instead, report the image to Facebook. Please do NOT comment on the photo or the wall where the photo has been posted, as this gives the hoax more unwarranted exposure because it puts the offending photo on to the news feeds/tickers of your Facebook friends.

A number of us in the hoax and scam busting community are joining forces in an attempt to curtail these nasty and damaging hoaxes. You can help by reporting these images and letting your friends know that they are hoaxes. Remember that any message that claims that money will be donated in exchange for forwarding, sharing or liking a picture is certain to be a hoax.

Help Us Stop the Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

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References
The Truth Of Iraq's City Of Deformed Babies
Hoax - Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share to Help Baby With Facial Cancer
A Special Appeal to Facebook Users - Unauthorised Use of Baby Zoe Chambers Photograph
Help Us Stop the Sick Baby Facebook Hoax



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Pages in this issue:
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  2. Hoax Warning: Lost Child Lure - 'New Way for Gang Members to Rape Women'
  3. Hoax - Right To Be Connected to an Australian Phone Rep
  4. Hoax - Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning
  5. Ashley Flores Missing Child Hoax
  6. Hoax - Facebook Will Pay One Dollar Per Like to Help Baby With a Face Cancer
  7. AICPA 'Tax Fraud Accusations' Malware Emails
  8. RIAA Notification of Copyright Violation Malware Email
  9. Giant Snake in Electric Fence Photographs
  10. Cruise Control Hydroplane Warning
  11. Facebook Gold Status Membership Advance Fee Scam
  12. Ectopia Cordis Sick Baby Facebook Hoax
  13. Hotmail Account Closure Phishing Scam
  14. 'Thomas Romany's Stuff' Warning Message
  15. Mark Zuckerberg and Apple Partnership Survey Scam