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‘Her Son Has Cancer’ Facebook Sick Child Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Circulating Facebook post featuring a photograph depicting a mother with a sick child in a hospital room claims that Facebook will donate money to help the family each time a user likes, shares, or comments on the photograph.

Brief Analysis:
The claims in the post are heinous lies. Facebook certainly will not donate money to help the pictured child in exchange for liking, sharing, and commenting. In fact, liking, sharing, or commenting will do nothing whatsoever to help the pictured child.  The post is the work of an immoral and despicable Facebook user whose goal is simply to promote his Facebook Profile to a wider audience. This vile individual stole the photograph from another site for use in his scam post.

Her son has cancer and Facebook has decided to help by giving
1 Like = 2 Dollars 1 Comment = 4 Dollars 1 Share = 5 Dollars
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Detailed Analysis:
According to a post that is currently travelling across Facebook, you can help a child with cancer just by liking, sharing, and commenting on his picture. The post, which features a photograph depicting a sick child in a hospital bed with his obviously distraught mother beside him, claims that Facebook has decided to donate money to help the child every time his picture is liked, shared, or commented on.  Supposedly, Facebook will donate $2 for every like, $4 for every comment, and $5 for every share.  The post asks you to follow a linked profile and suggests that if you don’t participate you must be heartless.

However, the only heartless individual in this scenario is the despicable an immoral swine who created this scam post.

Facebook certainly will not donate money based on how many times a post or picture is liked, shared, or commented on. In fact, any post that makes such a claim is certain to be a scam. The image used in the scam post is stolen from a site that asks for prayers to help the sick child in the picture.

Why, you might ask, would anybody feel the need to steal a picture of a sick child and then use it in a post that told outright lies about a supposed Facebook driven donation scheme?  Unfortunately, the practice is all too common. The debased and immoral users who create these fake donation posts do so only to promote their Facebook Profiles and Pages to a much wider audience. These scammers know that such posts are shared far and wide by well meaning Facebook users who really think that they can help the pictured children by participating. Thus, they can garner a great deal of attention very quickly by launching one of these deplorable sick baby scams.

If one of these posts comes your way, do not cater to the goals of these morally bankrupt scammers by liking, sharing, or commenting.

Unfortunately, Facebook’s response to the spread of these scams has been reprehensibly inadequate. Inexplicably, Facebook often does not remove such scam posts after users report them. However, it is still worth reporting such posts as, sometimes, Facebook does remove them.

And, you can help stop the spread of these scams by ensuring that you never participate in them and by letting friends who share them know what the posts are really about.

Last updated: April 11, 2016
First published: April 11, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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