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Absurd Charity Hoaxes Continue

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Published on 3rd July 2010 by Brett M. Christensen

The kind of hoax messages that I find the most irritating and upsetting are those that claim you can help a sick child just by forwarding the message. Every week, I receive many submissions concerning such hoaxes.

There are many versions all based on the one absurd idea - that a particular company or organization will donate a set amount of money per forwarded email to help a sick youngster in need.

Here is a typical example of this type of hoax:
Hi All The mother is 29 years old. Her baby girl by the name of Manuela has a very rare disease and she needs to have an operation done but her parents cannot afford to pay for the operation. That is where we ask you to please help this little angel. It you can send the mail to at least three people she will get 32 cents per e-mail. Please have a heart and help this family .
In spite of widespread publicity regarding hoaxes such as these, many well meaning people still get duped into forwarding or reposting these ridiculous messages.

No legitimate company is ever likely to participate in a fund raising scheme based on how many times a message is forwarded or reposted. Hoaxes like these are not harmless. Many versions falsely claim that a charitable organization such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Red Cross are sponsoring the supposed fund raising campaign. Unfortunately, staff at these organizations end up wasting a lot of their precious time answering questions about these stupid hoaxes - time that could be much better spent helping those in need.

If you receive one of these messages, please don't send it to others. And let the sender know that the message is a hoax.

ANY message that claims that money will be donated every time you forward the message is virtually certain to be a hoax.

More Information:
Charity Hoaxes
Baby Manuela Email Forwarding Charity Hoax

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