Email claims that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 cents to help cancer-sufferer Matt Dawson every time the message is sent onward.
If you don’t believe it, call the number. Everyone needs to take the time and read this. Just take a break from all your other stupid bulletins about who is gonna die or if your love life will suck for 7 years and be serious and do the right thing. Repost this or you have no soul seriously. A kid needs our help so do the right thing.
Hi, my name is Matt Dawson. I am 23 years old, and I have a large tumor on my brain and severe lung cancer. The doctors say I will die soon if this isn’t fixed, and my family can’t pay the bills. “The Make A Wish Foundation” has agreed to donate 7 cents for every time this message is reposted. For those of you who repost, I thank you so much. But for those who don’t repost it, I will still pray for you. Please, if you are a kind person, have a heart. Please, please, PLEASE REPOST THIS MESSAGE AS “READ PLEASE”!
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*hey it wont cost you but 10 seconds of your time
This absurd message is yet another rehash of the long-running Amy Bruce Charity Hoax. There have been several very similar hoaxes that all claim that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate money to help a sick youngster every time the message is re-posted. From time to time, someone simply substitutes a new name and age for the supposed victim before launching the tired old hoax all over again.
Names used in the hoaxes include Bryan Warner, Chad Briody, Kayla Wightman and others. Perhaps this one was originally intended as a practical joke directed against a real individual named Matt Dawson by a particularly immature “friend”. Another widespread hoax email about a missing “child” named Ashley Flores began in this way. At 23, Mr Dawson is well and truly an adult and would not be eligible for assistance from an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In any case, the Make-A-Wish Foundation would never participate in an outlandish charity drive that was dependent upon how many times a particular email was forwarded. Nor would any other legitimate charity. Any email that makes such a claim is almost certainly a hoax.
Moreover, even if such a fundraising effort was real, there is no reliable method of tracking an individual message on its random journey through Cyberspace. Therefore keeping an accurate record of how much money was due to be donated would be next to impossible.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation has published a web page about these hoax emails and denies any involvement:
Each day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its chapters receive hundreds of inquiries about chain letters claiming to be associated with the Foundation and featuring sick children. However, we do not participate in these kinds of wishes.
The Foundation also notes:
The time and expense required to respond to these inquiries distracts the Foundation from its efforts on behalf of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and more importantly, can divulge information that is potentially harmful to a child and his or her family.
If you receive one of these fake charity requests please inform the sender that the message is a hoax and do not send it to others.
Last updated: 7th September 2006
First published: 7th September 2006
By Brett M. Christensen
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!