Sick baby hoax

“Anti-scam websites beg Facebook to remove sick baby hoaxes”: This type of hoax involves photographs of ill and/or disabled children in hospitals being shared virally across Facebook. Sometimes the hoax asks Facebook users to donate for the child’s medical expenses and other times it promises that sharing the photo will result in donations from Facebook itself. Both claims are false: if you donate money, you’re just giving it straight to the scammer, and if you share the photo, you’re only helping the hoax become viral… Families often find it very unsettling to learn photos of their sick relatives have been used to perpetuate these scams and hoaxes… Once an image like that is on the Internet and has spread far and wide… there’s no way to have it taken down…


Author: John Tranter