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Hoax - UNICEF Receives 5 Euros Every Time You Share a Picture

Social Media driven message claims that every time you share a picture included with the message, UNICEF will receive 5 Euros to help starving children in Africa.

Brief Analysis
The message is a heartless hoax. UNICEF will certainly not receive money if you share the picture. Any post that claims that money will be donated in exchange for forwarding or sharing a message is sure to be a hoax.

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Last updated: 25th October 2011
First published: 25th October 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

keeping the sharing wheel going everyone

Share for UNICEF Hoax

SHARE your message, you do not charge any service, but UNICEF is 5 euros.

Before you throw away the left over food in your bowl, please think about the people starving.

In Africa and elsewhere in the world, there are children starving, after the agreement was signed between UNICEF and MSN, for lost children and other children, a program to help beginners.

How many times do you SHARE this picture to a friend, is that many times the Unicef fund received 5 euros. let's make these kids are dying to live. Let us not forget that every second, they have a child die of hunger.

This is only worth nearly 2 minutes of your life, but for African children, this accounts for our whole life.

Detailed Analysis
This message, which circulates via Facebook and other social media websites, claims that users can help raise funds for starving children simply by sharing a picture that accompanies the message. According to the message, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will receive the sum of 5 Euros each and every time that the accompanying picture is shared with others. Supposedly, Microsoft's MSN has made an agreement with UNICEF to operate the fund raising program. The disturbing picture that the message exhorts recipients to share depicts a young mother standing over an open grave in which an infant's body has been placed.

However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. UNICEF will NOT receive money in exchange for sharing a picture. Sharing the image will do nothing whatsoever to help starving children. The message is a heartless hoax that capitalizes on people's natural desire to help when confronted with the image of the mother and her child. In fact, this message is just one more in a long line of similar hoaxes that falsely claim that a particular company or charity will donate money when a message is reposted or forwarded.

Any message that claims that money will be donated in exchange for reposting or sharing a post is certain to be a hoax and should be disregarded. All such claims are illogical and absurd. No organization is ever likely to participate in such a haphazard and uncontrolled fund raising program. Given the amount of times that the above image is likely to be shared, MSN would soon find itself obliged to part with very large amounts of money with no end in sight for its apparent largess. Moreover, the whole concept of basing the amount to be donated to a particular cause on how many times an image or message was shared is immoral and it is extremely unlikely that any organization would risk its reputation by participating in such a scheme.

Another fatal flaw in such a fund raising scheme is simply that it would be virtually impossible to accurately tally how many times the image had been shared, especially since the supposed fund raising campaign is circulating on several different social networks and is rendered in several different formats. Thus, ultimately, it would be impossible to work out exactly how much was due to be donated.

A sad repercussion of ridiculous hoaxes like this is that people who fall for them actually think they have been helpful and are therefore less inclined to do something that will really help, such as making a direct donation. Such hoaxes also waste the precious time and resources of organizations such as UNICEF whose staff must field ongoing enquiries from members of the public about non-existent fund-raising efforts. If you receive this or one of the many other "donations for forwarding" hoaxes, please do not share or repost it. And please take a moment to let the sender know that the message is a hoax.

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Last updated: 25th October 2011
First published: 25th October 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer