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Facebook Hoax Alert: You’re Not Helping an Injured 14-Year-Old Boy by Sharing a Status

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Facebook Hoax Alert: You’re Not Helping an Injured 14-Year-Old Boy by Sharing a Status
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It’s disconcerting that it bears repeating, but here goes: Facebook is never going to donate to some cause based on how many times you share a status. End of story.

But that simple fact still floats over the heads of many users, who continue to share hoax statuses and clog up everyone’s news feeds with rubbish.

Today’s hoax making the rounds involves a story about a young boy who needs money for a life saving surgery. According to the hoax status, he was shot by his stepfather, who was attempting to rape the boy’s 6-year-old sister. It’s reminiscent of another hoax spread around back in 2011.

Here’s the full text of the hoax:

A 14 YEAR OLD BOY WAS SHOT 6 TIMES BY HIS STEPFATHER. THIS BOY WAS PROTECTING HIS LITTLE 6 YEAR OLD SISTER WHO WAS ABOUT TO BE RAPED BY THIS POOR… EXCUSE OF A MAN. THE LITTLE GIRL DID GET HURT, THANKS TO HER BRAVE OLDER BROTHER. THEIR MOM WAS AT WORK WHEN THIS HAPPENED. NOW THIS BRAVE YOUNG LITTLE BOY IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE,BUT DOCTORS SAY HE WILL NOT SURVIVE UNLESS HE GETS AN OPERATION WHICH IS COSTLY AND HIS MOM CANNOT PAY. FACEBOOK COMPANIES HAVE AGREED TO DONATE 45 CENTS FOR EVERY TIME SOMEONE SHARE THIS MESSAGE SO, PLEASE CLICK SHARE SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN HELP SAVE THIS BOUS LIFE……NSFTBC! If you had a heart you’d do it, It will only take a minute of your time!

Sad story, right? Fortunately, it’s untrue and sharing it will do nothing except make you appear daft to your friends.

There are numerous ways in which users can spot a hoax like this and nip it before it has a chance to take off. First, like I said before, Facebook isn’t in the habit or donating money to causes on a per-share basis. Second, the status contains no link to a real news story, a donation page, or an official Facebook post. And lastly, just look at it.

[via Sophos]

Facebook Hoax Alert: You’re Not Helping an Injured 14-Year-Old Boy by Sharing a Status


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  • http://www.techgyd.com/ Saurabh

    I shared this article but I am seriously wondering that what the hell is happening to HUMANS ?
    I don’t know where this thing happened but such kind of Inhuman thing also happened in INDIA. I don’t want to say that… Google Lit candle for that victim on her death.
    We should be unite globally and create some really strict punishments, rules against these so-called human.

    • http://www.istohoros.gr K. Vassalos

      Dude, you didn’t even read or understand the writers article! Wow. No sharing, the story is untrue!

    • John

      O my. This response is classic. This is the reason these hoaxes live on… people not completely reading or understanding what they are reading.

      Saurabh, it sounds like you’re a kind-hearted person but please do take a few minutes longer to really read what’s put in front of you. People will take advantage of you otherwise.

  • http://www.ellenbrook.net.au Pqi of Ellenbrook

    I agree with John, scammers rely on people to not read nor understand.

  • http://codemink.com Alex smith

    I shared this article, not for the draft purpose but to let ppl know what I learned today.. This Happens a lot in India. Ppl keep sharing this kinda stories.

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