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Issue 151 - April, 2013 (1st Edition) - Page 14

Linda Singh - Blackberry Money for Forwarding Hoax

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Text message claims that smart phone company Blackberry will help fund medical expenses for a seriously ill girl named Linda Singh by donating 10 cents every time the text is forwarded. 

Linda Singh Blackberry Hoax

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Brief Analysis
The message is just an absurd hoax. Blackberry will certainly not donate money to help a sick youngster just because someone forwarded a text message. This ridiculous claim is a common theme in hoax messages. Any message that claims that a company will donate money in exchange for forwarding is virtually certain to be a hoax.

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Example
( Got this from a friend. This girl only needs you to forward the message, that’s all. You don’t need to donate cash just forward)

I'm BEGGING PLS READ :

You may save her life. Hi, my name is linda singh. I am 17 years old,I knw that u dnt owe me anything to pass this on bt I beg of u too,iv been diagnosed with multiple problems in my heart.

The doctors say I will die soon if this isn’t fixed,each operation to get me better is more expensive than the last and my family can’t afford the bills. I have recently been given the oppitunity by blackberry to raise my operation fees by this message bein forwarded I wil receive 10c donatation .

For those of you who send this along, I thank you so much may u b blessed . But for those who dnt send it, I will still pray for you n ur family to never go through the trauma my family n I have endured.

Please note this isn’t a hoax or prank…I don’t want to die…pls help me I’m beggin u!! bc dis message n let me live again.

Detailed Analysis
According to this text message, which circulates via Blackberry users, you can help a seriously ill young girl named Linda Singh simply by forwarding the message to others.  The message claims that 17-year-old Linda will die soon due to multiple heart problems if she does not have more operations to save her. Supposedly, Linda's family cannot afford to pay for further operations, so Blackberry has agreed to fund her medical treatment by paying 10 cents towards her bills each time the message is forwarded.





However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. Blackberry has made no such arrangement and they certainly will not donate money based on how many times a text message is sent to others.

In fact, this message is just one in a long line of similar hoaxes that falsely claim that a company will donate money to help a sick child in exchange for forwarding an email or text message.

The wording of the above hoax suggests that it was derived from a much earlier hoax that claimed that you could help 7-year-old Amy Bruce just by forwarding an email:

Hi, my name is Amy Bruce.

I am 7 years old, and I have severe lung cancer . I also have a large tumor in my brain, from repeated beatings. Doctors say I will die soon if! this isn't fixed, and my family can't pay the bills. The Make A Wish Foundation, has agreed to donate 7 cents for every time this message is sent on. For those of you who send this along, I thank you so much, but for those who don't send it, what goes around comes around. Have a Heart, please send this.

The callous pranksters who create these hoaxes apparently get some sort of sick pleasure out of seeing how many people they can dupe into sending on their nonsensical messages. Don't cater to their desires by forwarding such material.

Remember that any claim that a company or charity will donate money to help a sick person in exchange for forwarding a message is almost certainly a hoax. If you receive one of these hoax messages, please do not sent it on to others. And please take a moment to let the sender know that the message is a hoax.

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Last updated: March 22, 2013
First published: March 22, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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