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Amirtha Make-A-Wish Foundation Email Hoax

Summary:
Email forward claims that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 cents to help pay medical bills for a very sick seven year old child called Amirtha each and every time the email is sent to others (Full commentary below).



Status:
False - Utter nonsense

Example:(Submitted, January 2009)
Subject: Please respond....ASAP....Amirtha..

DEAR FRIEND,

PLEASE SEND THIS MESSAGE AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN. WE CAN SAVE A LITTLE ANGEL GIRL LIFE.

THANK U

GOD BLESS

Hi my name is Amirtha

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,

Amirtha




Commentary:
According to this email, you can help seven year old "Amirtha" battle lung cancer and a brain tumor just by forwarding the message to others. The email claims that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate money to help Amirtha's family pay medical bills at the rate of 7 cents per forwarded email.

However, these claims are total nonsense. In fact, this email is yet another mutation of a hoax that has been circulating for several years. All falsely claim that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate money based on how many times a particular email is forwarded. From time to time, names and other details are altered and a new mutation of the original hoax begins circulating. No legitimate organization is ever likely to participate in such a ridiculous fund-raising scheme and the Make-A-Wish Foundation is no exception. The Foundation has published a web page denying any involvement in such schemes. These hoaxes are far from harmless. They interfere with the organization's good work because staff members must waste time answering endless questions about the bogus email fund raising schemes. This wastes time and money that could be spent helping children that are really sick.

The links below point to articles about a few other versions of the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity hoax: Similar hoaxes target other support organizations along with high profile companies such as AOL. As a rule of thumb, any message that claims that money will be raised to help a sick or injured child (or adult) just by forwarding an email, is almost certain to be a hoax. If you receive such a message, please do not forward it to others. If possible, take a moment to inform the sender that the message is a hoax.



References:
Make-A-Wish Foundation - Chain Letters

Last updated: 3rd February 2009
First published: 3rd February 2009

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen