According to a post that is currently appearing on Facebook, you can help a baby with cancer just by sharing.
The post features a photograph of a baby with a nasal cannula who is wearing a shirt that displays the words “Little Sister”
It claims that Facebook will donate $5 to help the pictured baby every time the message is shared. The post also asks users to type ‘Amen” in the comments.
However, the message is just another sick child scam. Facebook certainly will not donate money to the child based on how many times the post is shared. No amount of sharing or typing “amen” will help the baby in any way whatsoever.
The vile Facebook troll who created the scam post apparently stole the baby’s image from another source and tacked on the lie that Facebook would donate money based on shares.
Why, you might ask, would anybody do such a nasty thing? Alas, these scam posts are nothing more than self-promotion schemes. The morally debased users who launch these scam posts know that they will collect a great many new likes and followers.
This scam message was first posted in 2016 and has since been shared more than 600,000 times. It continues to get more shares and amen comments every few minutes.
Thus, the contemptible person who posted the scam message has gained a great deal of free promotion for his Facebook profile as a result of his lies and deceit. In fact, this person has posted an ongoing series of similar scam promotion posts over the last few years.
Scams like this are all too common. Any message that claims that Facebook will donate money to help a sick or injured child based on how many times the post is shared, liked, or commented on is certain to be a scam.
If one of these scam posts comes your way, do not like, share, or comment on it. Doing so will only help the disgraceful person who created it gain even more totally undeserved attention.
And, more importantly, the continued circulation of these stolen images can cause great distress to the families of the pictured children.
An example of the scam post:
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!