Baby With Mermaid Syndrome - Yet Another Like-Farming Sick Baby Hoax
According to this Facebook message, which features an image of a young child with a malformation in which her legs are fused together, claims that users can help the child just by liking, sharing and commenting on her picture. The message makes the utterly absurd suggestion that Facebook and CNN will donate a total of $170 to help the child's family cover medical expenses whenever a user likes, shares and comments on the image.
However, the message is just one more disgusting hoax in a long series of such hoaxes that have featured many stolen images of sick, injured or starving children. The heartless individuals who create these hoaxes are
beneath contempt. They take pictures of the children from other sources and reuse them without permission.
These hoaxes can cause great distress to the families of the pictured children and - of course - the children themselves. The perpetrators of these hoaxes feast like maggots on the willingness of users to help children in distress.
Why may you ask would anybody stoop so low as to create a hoax that used stolen pictures of a seriously ill baby? Disgustingly, the goals of this hoax and a great many others of its ilk are simply to garner likes for Facebook Pages and drive traffic to the hoax maker's websites. Facebook Pages that accumulate large numbers of Likes can later be sold on the black market and/or used to spam out promotional material and launch further scam campaigns.
The youngster whose picture has been so misused in this hoax is Milagros Cerron from Peru. Milagros was born with sirenomelia, also known as mermaid syndrome, a rare, congenital malformation that fused her legs together. The above picture was taken in 2005. Milagros has already had several operations to help seperate her legs and more will be necessary. Milagros has reportedly made good progress but has ongoing health problems that still need to be addressed. The city of Lima has pledged to pay for further operations.
So how can we fight against these scammers? Don't be taken in! Any message that claims that Facebook or another entity will donate money when people like or share a picture of a sick child is sure to be a hoax. No reputable company is ever likely to agree to such an absurd and uncontrolled fund-raising campaign. Do not like or share any material posted by these parasites. Ever. And do not comment on it, even to berate the perpetrator. Commenting just spreads the message further.
Report the message to Facebook. Although Facebook is notoriously - and reprehensibly - unresponsive with regard to such hoaxes, they have removed at least a few, so reporting is still recommended. Also, please take the time to let your Facebook friends know about such hoaxes so that they will not be caught out if one comes their way.
The parents can't afford it so CNN and Facebook are agreeing to pay half the expenses for the family and the kid so please dont ignore and help and spread the word
1 Like = 20$
1 comment = 50$
1 share = 100$
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Last updated: August 4, 2015
First published: May 27, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen