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Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman Make-A-Wish Foundation Hoax

Summary:
Message claims that, every time the email is forwarded, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 Grosh to help pay the medical bills of a seriously ill young man named Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman (Full commentary below).



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted, February 2008)
Hi, my name is AHMAD KHALED ABU RUMMAN.

I am 20 years old, and I have severe lung cancer . I also have a large tumour 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 GROSH 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.

Please, if you are a kind person, send this on. PLEASE HIT FORWARD BUTTON NOT REPLY BUTTON.

YOUR'S FAITHFULLY,
AHMAD KHALED ABU RUMMAn
[email address removed]

Note:The message usually included an attached photograph of a young man wearing a black "Ramones" tshirt.




Commentary:
According to this message, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has agreed to donate the amount of 7 Grosh per email forward to help pay the medical bills of a seriously ill young man. The name "grosh" is associated with coinage used in several European countries. The message claims that 20 year old Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman has lung cancer and a brain tumor and his family cannot cover the related medical expenses. The message would have us believe that we can help Ahmad simply by forwarding the email because the Make-A-Wish Foundation will contribute each and every time the message is sent to another recipient.

However, these claims are pure nonsense. The email is just one more in a long line of similar hoaxes that claim a sick child or adult will receive a donation every time an email is forwarded. This version is a virtual clone of the long running Amy Bruce Charity Hoax, as illustrated by the example included below:
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.

Please, if you are a kind person, send this on.

PLEASE HIT FORWARD BUTTON NOT REPLY BUTTON.

YOUR'S FAITHFULLY,
AMY BRUCE
amy.bruce@[removed]
The Make-A-Wish Foundation does not participate in absurd fund-raising schemes that are based on the random forwarding of an email. The organization has published information on its website denouncing any involvement in these bogus "charity" chain letters. And, in any case, the Make-A-Wish Foundation only grants wishes to children, so, at 20 years of age "Ahmad" would not be eligible.

In fact, any message that claims that money will be donated just for forwarding a message is virtually certain to be a hoax. No legitimate organization is ever likely to participate in such a ridiculous scheme. Moreover, there is no reliable or accurate method of tracking the journey of an individual email that might be forwarded many thousands of times. Thus, it would be virtually impossible for a participating organization to tally the final amount to be donated.

The true status of "Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman" is currently unclear. Messages sent to the contact email address included in the email have so far gone unanswered. However, rest assured that even if Ahmad is a real person with real health problems, forwarding this email will do nothing whatsoever to help him.

These hoax emails help nobody and serve only to waste the time and money of organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose staff must answer many enquires about the supposed fund raising schemes. If you receive such a message, please do not forward it. To help stop the spread of such hoaxes, please also inform the sender that the message is bogus.

References:
Amy Bruce Charity Hoax
Make-A-Wish Foundation: Chain Letters

Last updated: 25th February 2008
First published: 25th February 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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