According to a post that is circulating via Facebook, you can help a sick child just by sharing her picture. The post, which includes a photograph of a young child in a hospital bed, claims that every time her picture is shared, she will receive a $1 (or £1) donation towards her medical expenses.
However, the claims in the post are a lie. The pictured child will not receive so much as a cent no matter how many times her photograph is shared.
In fact, the post is just another despicable scam designed to promote the Facebook Page or profile of the people who created it. By tricking people into sharing, the scammers will gain a great deal of free publicity and will thereby substantially increase their likes and followers.
The photograph used in the scam post shows a four year old child with Leukaemia and was taken at a Brazilian hospital. The report simply requests that people help the child and other patients by donating blood.
Sick child scams continue to be very common on Facebook. You can read more about them here.
People who steal images of sick children and use them in such disgraceful self-promotion schemes are beneath contempt and have no place on our social networks. Please do not help these disgusting scammers by sharing, liking, or commenting on their pages, posts, or profiles.
An example of the post:
Every time her picture is shared she receives $1 toward her donations toward her implant / transplant
A second version that includes the same image:
She gets a pound for every picture that’s shared on messenger it goes towards her kidney transplant…she’s from Townhill x
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!