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SICK BABY SCAM: '1 Like = 1 Prayer'

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Circulating Facebook post that features a photograph of a baby with a large surgery scar across his face claims that liking the picture equates to a prayer for the child.

Brief Analysis

The message is just a callous and immoral attempt to promote a particular Facebook Page. The baby's image was stolen from elsewhere on the Internet and reused in the scam message without permission. And, the suggestion that clicking a Facebook like button can somehow equal a prayer is simply absurd. If you receive this message, do not like, share, or comment on it.



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1 like = 1 prayer

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One like = one prayer sick baby scam

Detailed Analysis

According to a message that is currently circulating rapidly via Facebook, you can offer a prayer to help a baby with a large surgery scar on his face just by liking his photograph.

Message is a Scam:

However, the creator of the post cares not one iota for the pictured child. The message is just a disgraceful attempt to drive traffic to a particular Facebook Page and increase its like count.

Picture is Genuine but Stolen From Elsewhere

The photograph depicts Dominic Pio, a baby born with a large facial cleft. Dominic, who was born in June 2012, later had surgery to correct the birth defect and is now reportedly doing well. The callous and morally bankrupt person who created this fake post stole Dominic's post surgery picture from another website and reused it without the permission of his parents.

One in a Series of Similar Scams:

This message is just one more in a long, sorry series of such scams. All of the messages use stolen images of sick or injured children as a means of tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting. Some versions falsely claim that Facebook or another company will donate money to help the pictured child for each like, share, or comment. Other versions claim that liking and sharing equates to one or more prayers for the child.

'Likes = Prayers' = Nonsense:

Whether or not you think prayers are helpful is - of course - dependent on your personal beliefs. But, the idea that just clicking a button on a social media website equals a prayer - or, in some versions, many prayers - is beyond ridiculous. Are we truly to believe that the Almighty has done a deal with Facebook? Did God give the person who created the message permission to make such a 'prayers for likes' deal? I think not.

In short, any message that claims that liking, sharing, or commenting equals prayers is likely to be a scam or a hoax.

Help Stop These Scams:

Don't cater to the desires of the vile individuals who create these fake messages by liking, sharing, or commenting on their material. And, if such a post comes your way, please let the poster know that the message is a scam.

Last updated: August 14, 2015
First published: June 13, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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