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A post currently being shared on Facebook is asking users to please pray for twin boys who have been infected with COVID-19.
The post features three images that supposedly depict the infected twins and their distraught father.
The first image depicts a newborn baby recovering from a heart operation that took place back in 2014. The chest scar is clearly visible in the image. The baby was not a twin and certainly did not have coronavirus, which was years in the future at the time the photo was taken.
The exact origin of the second baby image currently remains unclear, but there is no indication that it depicts a child with COVID-19.
The image that supposedly depicts the distraught father has also been online since at least June 2019 in entirely different contexts, including a profile for the online gaming platform, Steam. There is no evidence to suggest that the pictured man has any connection whatsoever to the babies in the other photographs.
It is likely that the man’s image was stolen for use in the scam post without his knowledge or permission. The baby images were likewise taken from other sources.
And, for the record, there are no credible news or medical reports that confirm the claims in the post.
Clicking on the post opens a partially completed website that features articles that have apparently been republished from other sites.
The bogus COVID-19 baby post is apparently a rather lame attempt to drive traffic to the dodgy website.
People who use such underhand tactics to promote their profiles or websites are beneath contempt.
If this post crosses your News Feed, don’t be tricked into sharing or reacting to it. Doing so just plays into the hands of the grubby scammer who created it.
A screenshot of the scam post:
Please pray for my twin boys they are infected with COVID-19 I don’t want to lose them.
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!