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Issue 135 - July 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 8

Facebook Share Hoax - $1.20 Per Share to Help Girl With Cancer

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Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a young girl in a hospital bed claims that Facebook will donate $1.20 to help the child each time her image is shared.

Brief Analysis
The message is a nasty and immoral hoax. Sharing the child's photograph will do nothing whatsoever to help her and Facebook will certainly not donate money in exchange for sharing her photograph. The message is just one more in a long line of such hoaxes. The people who create these hoaxes use stolen pictures of sick children without the permission of their parents. Please report the image and do not like or share it. Please read the detailed analysis below for more information on how you can help stop these nasty hoaxes.

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Last updated: July 5, 2012
First published: July 5, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Girl WIth Cancer Facebook Share Hoax

She's suffering form cancer! Facebook has promised to give $1.20 Dollars on each share! Please, share and make it.

Detailed Analysis

This Facebook driven message, which features a photograph of a young girl in a hospital bed, claims that you can help the child just by sharing her picture. The message claims that Facebook will donate $1.20 to help the girl in her battle with cancer each time a user clicks the share button on the photograph.

However, the claims in the message are heinous nonsense. Sharing the child's picture will do nothing whatsoever to help her. Facebook will NOT donate so much as a cent to support this or any other child (or animal) just because someone shared a message. In fact, the message is just one more in a long series of such hoaxes. It is currently unclear who the child in the picture is, although archived references suggest the image was posted to a Spanish language website in 2007 and may depict a patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant operation. The cretin who created this hoax undoubtedly stole the child's picture and used it in the hoax message without the permission or knowledge of the little girl's parents or carers.

Please do not give the immoral and disgusting person who created this hoax any satisfaction by sharing or liking the message. These vile pranksters obviously derive some degree of sick pleasure out of fooling people into liking or sharing their hoaxes. They are beneath contempt and seemingly happy to exploit ill children for no other reason than to pointlessly collect likes or shares.

Sadly, this hoax is just one in a long line 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.

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Pages in this issue:
  1. Facebook Charity Hoax - Share Picture to Help Starving Children
  2. Hoax - Facebook Will Donate $1 Per Share For Baby With Cancer
  3. Facebook Warning Message - 'Animals in Danger on'
  4. Hoax - Justin Bieber Helped Girl Raped After His Concert
  5. Facebook Phishing And Survey Scam
  6. Scam Alert - 'Obama's New Stimulus' Routing Number to Pay Utility Bills
  7. Fruit Shoot Drink Recall Warning
  8. Facebook Share Hoax - $1.20 Per Share to Help Girl With Cancer
  9. $50,000 Facebook Reward Survey Scam
  10. Most Beautiful Horse in the World Image
  11. Windows Live Email Limit Exceeded Phishing Scam
  12. ABSA Phishing Scam Emails