This post, which is currently being distributed across Facebook, claims that, by liking and sharing, you can offer prayers for a baby that ‘meet in a terrible car accident’.
The post features an image depicting an infant with a severe skin condition. The post claims that one like is equal to 5 prayers and 1 share is equal to 10 prayers. It also accuses people who ignore the post of wanting the pictured child to die.
But, the post is just another sick baby scam designed to manipulate caring Facebook users into liking and sharing. The person who created the post stole the baby’s picture from another website to use in his or her nasty scam. The baby girl in the picture has a condition called Epidermolysis bullosa, a set of genetic diseases that cause fragile skin that can very easily blister. The baby was born in December 2013.
Of course, the scammer responsible for the post cares not one iota for the pictured child. His or her goal is simply to promote a Facebook Page by tricking people into liking and sharing. Once the Facebook Page has accumulated a large number of likes, it can be used to launch further scam and spam campaigns, this time to a much larger potential audience.
Alternatively, the Page can be sold on the black market to other scammers. The more likes a Page has, the more it can be sold for on the black market.
People tend to share these posts in the mistaken belief that they can help the pictured children by doing so. However, if people would only stop for a moment and think about the absurdity of the claims in such posts instead of blindly hitting ‘like’ and ‘share’, then they might avoid being tricked.
Even if you do believe in the power of prayer, the suggestion that liking or sharing something on a social media website somehow equates to multiple prayers must surely be considered nonsensical. For such a scenario to be true, the creator of the post would have needed to thrash out a deal with God himself. That is, the Almighty must have agreed to count every like as five prayers and every share as ten prayers. I wonder of the scammer got the deal in writing?
Sadly, sick baby scams like this one continue to be very common on Facebook. Some, like this one, claim that liking and sharing can equal multiple prayers. Many other versions claim that Facebook or another company will donate money based on how often the child’s picture is liked, shared or commented on. These scam posts are immoral and can cause great distress to the families of the pictured babies.
And, sadly, Facebook makes very little effort to deal with such scams.
If one of these scam posts comes your way, don’t be tricked into liking, sharing, or commenting on it. Participating will do nothing whatsoever to help the pictured children. And, be sure to let the person who shared it know that the post is a nasty scam.
& He’s Now Fighting To Stay Alive..Like= 5 Prayers
Share = 10 Prayers
Ignore If You Would Want Him To Die
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!