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Issue 139 - September 2012 (2ndt Edition) - Page 19

Another Sick Baby Hoax - Like, Comment or Share to Help Baby With Large Mass on Her Back

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Message circulating via Facebook claims that users can raise money to help a baby with a very large mass on her back just by liking, sharing or commenting on the baby's picture.

Brief Analysis
This message is a hoax. Liking, sharing or commenting will do nothing to help this baby. The baby's photograph was stolen and used in this hoax message by a despicable like-whore whose only motivation is to amass likes and shares. The baby, who was born with a large sacral soft tissue mass, had a successful operation to remove the mass. In fact, the message is just one more in a long line of such hoaxes. Please report the image and do not like, share or comment on it. Please read the detailed analysis below for more information on how you can help stop these disgusting like-whores from perpetrating such hoaxes.

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Last updated: September 4, 2012
First published: September 4, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by David White, Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Baby with large sacral mass

1Like = 1$
1Comment = 2$
1Share = 3$

Help this Child With 1like Coment And Share

Detailed Analysis
This Facebook driven message, which features a photograph depicting a very young baby with a large mass growing from her lower back, claims that you can help the baby just by liking, sharing or commenting on her picture. According to the message, for every Like, a dollar will be donated, for every Comment, $2 will be donated and for every Share, $3 will be donated.

However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. Liking, sharing or commenting on the picture will do nothing whatsoever to help this baby. The baby in the above picture was born with a large sacral soft tissue mass at birth. The sacral mass was successfully removed by surgeons some time ago, although the child experienced ongoing health issues and required a later operation at 16 months of age. Information about the case, including the photograph used in the hoax, can be viewed on the Virtual Pediatric Hospital website.

Like a seemingly endless series of similar sick baby hoaxes, this message is the work of one of the immoral type of Facebook users that have been deservedly dubbed "like-whores" by the Internet community at large. These disgusting individuals create such hoaxes for the sole purpose of collecting large numbers of likes and shares. They steal pictures of sick children from other sources and use them in their heinous hoaxes without the permission of the children's parents.

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 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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  4. HM Revenue & Customs Income Tax Repayment Phishing Scam
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  17. Killer Piranha Attack Images
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