According to this post you can help pay for an operation to remove a safety pin from inside a baby by sharing the baby’s image via messaging service WhatsApp.
The post includes an image depicting the baby on a hospital bed along with an x-ray showing the swallowed safety pin.
The message claims that it will cost five lakh to remove the pin but the baby will get one rupee towards this cost every time someone shares the image.
However, the message is just a nasty hoax. Sharing the image will do nothing whatsoever to help the pictured child.
In fact, baby Sri Divya, the child in the picture, has already had a successful operation to remove the swallowed pin and is reportedly doing fine.
The callous prankster who created this hoax apparently stole the image from news articles about the case and invented the absurd claim that money will be donated to help the infant each time the image is shared.
Unfortunately, such sick baby hoaxes are all too common. Some are just mindless pranks. Others are designed to gather likes for a particular Facebook Page or promote various websites.
Remember, any message that claims that money will be donated to help a sick child in exchange for sharing a picture is certain to be a hoax and should not be sent on.
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!