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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.