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Issue 137 - August 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 9

Another Facebook Sick Baby Hoax - Baby With Brain Cancer

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Outline
Facebook message that shows an image of a baby with a large growth on the side of her face claims that the baby has brain cancer. The message asks users to offer blessings to the baby by liking or sharing the image.



Brief Analysis
The message is the work of a vile Facebook likewhore whose goal is to amass Facebook likes and shares. The baby's photograph has been stolen and reused in this message without the permission of her parents. Isabel, the baby in the photograph, does not have brain cancer and the sarcoma tumour on her face has now been removed. Liking or sharing her image will do nothing whatsoever to help her. It will only cater to the sick goals of the imbecile who created the message. Please do not like, share or comment on the image. Instead, report it to Facebook.

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Last updated: August 10, 2012
First published: August 10, 2012
Research by David White, Brett Christensen
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Baby With Brain Cancer Facebook Hoax

That baby have brain cancer & he needs your blessings..
Dont comment shitt if you're heartless
1 Like = Lots of prayers
Share if your care.. :[



Detailed Analysis
This widely circulated Facebook message, which features a photograph depicting a baby with a very large growth on the side of her head, asks users to like or share the image because "he needs your blessings". The message claims that the baby has brain cancer and that each like received will equal "lots of prayers".

However, liking or sharing the picture will do nothing whatsoever to help this baby. In fact, the message is the work of a despicable type of Facebook user that have been dubbed "likewhores" by the Internet community. These people create such messages for no other reason than to collect "likes" and "shares" and thus well and truly deserve the likewhore label. The vile person who created this hoax message took the baby's photograph from another source and reused it in this message without the permission of the baby's parents. An this likewhore did not even bother to include even the basic facts about the baby in the hoax message.

In fact, the baby is a she not a he and she does not have brain cancer as claimed. Little Isabel, the baby in the photograph, was found to be suffering from an extremely rare sarcoma tumour. The tumour was removed in April 2012 Although the removal operation was successful, the cancer had spread to the baby's bone marrow and she required chemotherapy. Isabel is likely to face serious and ongoing health issues as a result of the cancer. Thus, the last thing in the world that Isabel and her family needs is for her picture to be so callously used to gratify the immoral desires of some disgusting Facebook likewhore.

Disturbingly, this message is just one in a long line of similar hoaxes that use stolen pictures of sick children. Please do not feed the vile ambitions of the people who create such hoaxes by "liking" or "sharing" their messages. These people have no place on Facebook or any other social network. Such hoaxes 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 one of these hoaxes comes your way, please do NOT comment on the photo or the wall where the photo has been posted, as this just gives the hoax more unwarranted exposure because it puts the offending photo on to the news feeds of your Facebook friends. Instead, report the photograph to Facebook.

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.


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References

Twenty doctors thought my baby's cancer was just a birthmark': Mother's fury after girl's tumour grew to the size of a grapefruit
Facebook Share Hoax - $1.20 Per Share to Help Girl With 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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  3. Faux Image - Double Sunset on Mars
  4. Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department Phishing Scam
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  6. Post Circulating Claims Hotel Made Disabled US Veteran Crawl Down Stairs
  7. AFL vs NRL - Wrongdoings of Australian Members of Parliament Hoax
  8. Three.co.uk Phishing Scam
  9. Another Facebook Sick Baby Hoax - Baby With Brain Cancer
  10. Circulating Opinion Piece - 'Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare'
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