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Facebook Sick Child Hoax – ‘Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting’

by Brett M. Christensen


Facebook post that features a picture of a boy with a very large tumour on his side claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money each time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture. 

Brief Analysis

The message is a disgusting hoax designed to gather likes for a particular Facebook Page and promote it further via shares and comments. Neither Facebook nor CNN will donate money to help the child just because a person likes, shares or comments on his image. Any message that makes such a claim is sure to be a hoax. The picture shows ‘Jose’, a Mexican boy who was taken to the United States for treatment in 2012. His picture was stolen from other sources to be used in the disgraceful hoax message.


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 – 20$

Ignore = You Don’t Have a Heart
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Child with tumor sick child scam

Detailed Analysis

A post currently circulating around Facebook claims that you can help a boy who has a massive tumour on his side cover surgery costs by liking, sharing and commenting on his picture. The message claims that Facebook and CNN will pay $1 per like, $10 per comment and $20 per share to help pay for the boy’s surgery.

However, the claims in the message are disgraceful lies. Liking, sharing or commenting on the boy’s picture will do nothing whatsoever to help him. CNN and Facebook will certainly not donate in exchange for liking, sharing or commenting. Any message that makes such a claim is sure to be a hoax.

The goal of the immoral person who created this hoax is simply to gather likes for and further promote a particular Facebook Page. Liking, sharing and commenting spreads these hoax messages across Facebook, thereby ensuring that the target Page comes to the attention of a large audience. Via this tactic, the Page will gain many more likes and user interactions. 
The photograph used in this hoax message depicts ‘Jose’, a Mexican boy who was taken to the United States for medical treatment back in 2012. The person who created the hoax stole Jose’s picture from a news article.

This message is just one in a long line of similar sick child hoaxes. Please do not foster the goals of the people who create these hoaxes by liking, sharing or commenting on their material. If one of the hoaxes comes your way, let the person who posted it know that the claims in the message are lies.

And, while Facebook’s response to these hoaxes has been reprehensibly inadequate, it is still worthwhile to report them. Occasionally, Facebook does remove a hoax picture after users have reported it.

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,