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Baby Iko Facebook Sick Child Scam

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Facebook message featuring images of a baby with a heavily distended abdomen and green skin colouration claims that each time a user likes, comments on or shares the images, Facebook and CNN will donate money to help pay for the child’s surgery.

iko sick baby hoax

Brief Analysis

The message is a disgraceful scam. The goal of the people who create these scams is to amass likes and shares under false pretenses and to drive Internet traffic to their websites or Facebook Pages. The pictures depict Baby Iko, who suffered from the liver disease biliary atresia. Little Iko died in May 2013. The callous and immoral person who created this scam stole Baby Iko's images from another source and repurposed them to suit his or her own nefarious purposes. Sadly, this is just one in an ongoing series of sick baby scams. Please do not further the goals of these contemptible individuals by liking, sharing or commenting on their hoax messages.



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Please Dont Ignore ! His parents can't afford surgery so facebook and cnn are paying half of the expenses
1 like - $1
1 comment - 10$
1 share - 100$

Baby Iko Hoax

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which features images of a seriously ill baby with a greatly distended abdomen, Facebook users can help the child by liking, sharing and commenting on his picture. Supposedly, Facebook and CNN will donate $1 per like, $10 per comment and a whopping $100 per share to help pay for the baby’s operation.

However, the claims in the message are disgraceful lies. No amount of liking, sharing or commenting will help the pictured baby. Little Iko, the baby shown in the pictures, died in May 2013. He suffered from the liver disease biliary atresia.
Iko, who lived in The Philippines, had one operation when he was just six weeks old, but needed ongoing surgery. A genuine fund-raising effort helped to collect money for further operations and medical help. But, Iko finally succumbed to the illness when he was nine months old.

The goal of the despicable person who created this scam is simply to garner attention for his or her Facebook Page by tricking people into liking, sharing and commenting. By using such underhand tactics, the Page owner can greatly increase the popularity and like-count of the Page.

Sadly, this is just one in a seemingly endless parade of sick baby scams that use pictures of sick or injured children.

A simple rule of thumb. Any message that claims that Facebook or another company will donate money to help a sick child in exchange for liking, sharing or commenting is sure to be a scam.

If this scam post, or one of the many like it, comes your way, please do not make the problem worse by sharing, liking, or commenting on the picture. And, please let the person who posted it know that the message is a scam.

Facebook has been almost unforgivably slow at taking meaningful steps to combat these types of nasty messages. Nevertheless, we still recommend that people report the scams to Facebook. In some cases, the scams have been removed in response to reporting.



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Last updated: September 7, 2015
First published: November 12, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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