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Jasmine Thomas Charity Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

This email message claims that 11-year-old Jasmin lost her father in the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack and has a mother who is in desperate need of expensive surgery. The message claims that the Red Cross will donate 10 cents to help Jasmin and her mother every time the email is forwarded to others.

However, the information in the message is untrue. The message is a heartless hoax designed solely to fool recipients into forwarding it. Neither the Red Cross nor any other organization is ever likely to participate in an absurd fund-raising scheme based on how many times a particular email is forwarded.

This hoax is particularly heinous and reprehensible because it attempts to capitalize on the tragedy of 9/ll. The original email has spawned other versions that differ in names and details. But all claim that the American Red Cross will donate money for each forwarded email.

The Red Cross has denied any such arrangement and previously published the following statement on its website:

The American Red Cross is aware that false e-mail hoaxes purportedly involving or benefiting the Red Cross are circulating, particularly in the form of “chain letter” e-mails. Typically, the authors of such e-mails claim to be victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and promise that the American Red Cross will make a financial contribution on the recipient’s behalf each time the e-mail is forwarded. These e-mails are fraudulent. The American Red Cross does not use, authorize or condone such chain letter e-mails for fundraising or for any other purpose. The American Red Cross works very hard to stop such fraudulent activity.

Any message that claims that money will be donated in exchange for the simple forwarding of an email is virtually certain to be a hoax. Hoaxes of this nature do nothing more than waste the precious time and money of charity organization such as the Red Cross. Staff often must answer queries from members of the public concerning the status of bogus “forward for money” messages like the one discussed here.
Unfortunately, there are many other very similar hoaxes, some of which have continued to circulate for a number of years. If you receive a charity hoax like the one above, please help to stop its continued circulation by informing the sender of the true nature of the message.

Example:

(Received vie email, 2003)

Subject: FW: Fwd please!!
Hi, I’m sorry about this fwd. My name is Jasmine.

I’m 11 years old. My mommy worked on the 20th floor in the World Trade Tower. On Sept. 11 2001 my daddy drove my mom to work. She was running late so she left her purse in the car. My daddy seen it so he parked the car and went to give her the purse. That day after school my daddy didn’t come to pick me up. Instead a police man came and took me to foster care. Finally I found out why my daddy never came.. I really loved him…. They never found his body.. My mom is in the the Hospital since then.. She is losing lots of blood.. She needs to go through surgery.. But since my daddy is gone and no one is working.. We have no money .. And her surgery cost lots of money..

So the Red Cross said that.. for every time this email is fwd we Will get 10 cent for my mom’s surgery. So please have a heart and fwd this to everyone you know I really miss my daddy and now I don’t want to lose my mommy too.. R.I.P. Daddy..(James Thomas !–! NOTICE!–!

WHEN YOU FWD PLEASE ALSO FWD TO THIS LETTER BACK TO ME… AT…. jasNmom2001@yahoo.com …SO THAT THE REDCROSS PEOPLE CAN COUNT THE FWDS. thank you for taking your time to fwd this email this really means alot me and my future..

love, Jasmine

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