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Baby Iko Facebook Sick Child Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

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.

Brief Analysis

The message is a disgraceful scam. The goal of the people who create these scams is to amass likes and shares 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.

Examples

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 Scam Picture

 

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.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer