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Issue 138 - September 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 13

Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax

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Message claims that, every time a text or social media message is sent on, AT&T, Verizon or Facebook will donate money to help pay for surgery on a 14 year old boy who was shot six times by his stepfather while attempting to protect his young sister.



Brief Analysis
This message is a hoax and should not be forwarded. Sending on this message will help no one. Any message that claims that a company will donate money to help a sick or injured child each time a text message, email, or social media message is forwarded or reposted is sure to be a hoax.

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Last updated: 15th May 2012
First published: 27th February 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Examples:
14 YEAR OLD BOY WAS SHOT 6 TIMES BY HIS STEPFATHER,THIS BOY WAS PROTECTING HIS LITTLE 2 YEAR OLD SISTER WHO WAS ABOUT TO BE RAPED BY THIS POOR EXCUSE OF A MAN.THE LITTLE GIRL DID NOT GET HURT THANKS TO HER BRAVE OLDER BROTHER. THEIR MOM WAS AT WORK WHEN ALL THIS HAPPENED. NOW THIS BRAVE YOUNG MAN IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE ,BUT DOCTRS SAY HE WILL NOT SURVIVE UNLESS HE GETS AN OPERATION WHICH IS VERY COSTFUL AND WHICH HIS MOM CANNOT PAY. ALL FACEBOOK COMPANIES HAVE AGREED TO DONATE 45 CENTS FOR EVERY TIME SOMEONE POSTS THIS TO THEIR WALL,SO PLEASE PASTE AND PASS THIS ON SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN HELP SAVE THIS BOYS LIFE

Last friday a 14 yr old boy was shot 6 times by his step dad. The boy was protecting his 2 yr old sister, in whom the step dad was atempting to rape. The young girl was not harmed, bc of that young mans courage & loyalty to his sister. The mom was at work during this time. The 14 yr old boy is now fighting for his life, and the doctors say he will not make it unless he has this life saving surgery in wich the boys mom cant afford. So At&t has agreed to donate $0.45 every time this msg is sent. So fwd & help save a life!

Last friday 2/12/10 a 14 y/o boy was shot 6 times by his step dad. the boy was protecting his 2 y/o sister, whom the step dad was attemping to rape. The young girl was not harmed, bc of that young mans courage & loyalty to his sister. The Mother was at work when this took place the 14 yr old boy Dominic James Daggner is now fighting for his life, and the doctor says he will not make unless he has life saving surgery in which the mother cant not afford.

So, Verizon and AT&T have agree to donate $12.00 everytime this text is sent.



Detailed Analysis
This message claims that you can help the mother of a severely injured 14 year old boy pay for life saving surgery simply by sending on the message to others. The information has been circulating via mobile phone text message and via Facebook. The message claims that the brave boy was shot six times by his violent stepfather while attempting to protect his 2 year old sister from being raped. According to the text, communications giant AT&T has agreed to pay 45 cents to help the child each time the message is sent on. Another version raises the amount supposedly donated to $12 per text message and adds another company, Verizon, as one of the donators. The second version identifies the boy as one "Dominic James Daggner". During 2011, a social media version emerged that claimed that Facebook had agreed to donate 45 cents to the boy every time someone posts the message on their Facebook Wall.

However, the claims in these messages are utter nonsense. They are nothing more than phone or social media based versions of a long running series of money for forwarding hoaxes. Any message that claims that a particular company or charity will donate money to help a sick or injured child based on how many times the message is forwarded or reposted is certain to be a hoax. No legitimate company, including AT&T, Verizon and Facebook, is ever likely to participate in such a callous, ill conceived and haphazard fund raising scheme.

I could find no credible reports that describe a recent case like the one outlined in the message or mention any shooting incident involving a person named "Dominic James Daggner". And, even if the event described in the message was based on a real incident, you can rest assured that sending on the message will not help raise a single cent for any of its victims. Heartless pranksters create such hoaxes because they know that many well-meaning recipients are likely to send them on in the mistaken belief that they are helping a sick or injured child. Once launched, such hoaxes tend to circulate for months or even years on end. For example, an email-based version claiming that a severely ill child named Amy Bruce will receive donations from the Make A Wish Foundation has now been pointlessly circulating for well over a decade.

While such hoaxes have more commonly circulated via email, an increasing number are now distributed via mobile phone text messages and via social networking websites such as Facebook. If you receive this or a similar "money for forwarding" message, please do not increase the spread of such nonsense by sending it to others. And please take a moment to inform the sender that the message is a hoax.

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References:
Charity Hoaxes
Amy Bruce Charity Hoax


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