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“Little Baby Has Arm Cancer” Facebook Scam Post

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Post that includes a photograph of a child with a severely swollen arm and shoulder claims that Facebook will help pay for the child’s surgery by donating $2 for every like, $4 for every comment, and $8 for every share.

Brief Analysis:
The post is a callous scam designed to promote a particular Facebook page and quickly gather large numbers of likes. Facebook will certainly not donate money based on how many times people like, comment, or share.  The child’s photograph was stolen from other sources and used in the scam without the permission or knowledge of the child’s family. Participating will do nothing whatsoever to help the child. Liking, sharing and commenting only helps the vile scammer who created the fake charity post.

Example:
This little baby has Arm cancer and he need money for surgery
Facebook has decided to help by giving
1 Like = 2 dollars . 1 Comment = 4 dollars . 1 Share = 8 dollars
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Please dont scroll down without typing Ameen ???? —Sick Child Scam Facebook Post



Detailed Analysis:
This Facebook post features a photograph depicting a young child on a hospital bed with a severely swollen arm and shoulder. The post claims that the pictured child has arm cancer and needs money for surgery. Supposedly, Facebook has agreed to help by donating $2 for every like, $4 for every comment, and $8 for every share.

The image itself is genuine and it does depict a child with a tumour. However, the Facebook post that uses the picture is a disgraceful scam designed solely to promote the Page that perpetrated it. Facebook  will not donate money to help the child in exchange for liking, sharing, and commenting. The photograph used in the scam post was first published in September 2016, via various Arabic language news and blog posts that discussed the child’s case and asked readers to support the family directly.

Unfortunately, the vile and contemptible individual who created the scam Facebook post has seen fit to steal the child’s picture from one of these genuine appeals.

Why, you may ask, would anyone commit such a low act? These callous Facebook scammers use this tactic simply to garner attention for themselves. By posting such a fake charity appeal, the scammers can promote their Facebook Page or profile across the network thereby gaining a great many new likes and followers. They can then use their ill-gained popularity to reach a much wider potential audience for subsequent scam or spam posts. Or, they might sell the – now popular – page to other scammers via the black market.

The bottom line? Any message that claims that Facebook or any other company will donate money based on how many likes, shares, and comments that a post receives is certain to be a scam.  Keep in mind that participating in these scams will do nothing whatsoever to help the pictured children. In fact, such scam posts can cause great distress to the families of the pictured children, especially in cases in which the child has subsequently died.

Please do not help the disgraceful people who use these scam tactics by liking, sharing, and commenting on their bogus material.



Last updated: January 30, 2017
First published: January 30, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Genine Appeal Post For Child
Facebook Sick Child Hoaxes
Sick Baby Hoaxes – Charity Hoaxes

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