Email Hoaxes

I got irritated with this email about a kid with cancer that will die
if I do not make forwards to others. I know it is a hoax but it seems
a lot of people still got fooled by it. Oh please, your emotions were
played by a person who wants a few laughs. The effect is unneccesary
use of bandwidth and momentary humiliation on your part after reading
this forward. So here spam this instead.

original text came from
http://www.joewein.de/sw/hoax-make-a-wish.htm

here is the content

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Hoaxes and Urban Legends: Forwarding email will help child with cancer

Whenever you receive an email that urges you to immediately forward
that mail to everyone you know, there is a very good chance the email
is a hoax. Please take the time to verify the message by doing a
Google search before you send it on to anyone else. In most cases when
you take an arbitrary sentence from the message and google for it
you’ll end up with many hoax warning pages as the result.

The following email is one such hoax. It says the Make A Wish
Foundation will donate seven cents toward the medical bills of a child
dying from cancer for every address you forward this email to. This is
completely fake. Amy Bruce does not exist. Please forward the URL of
this page to teh person who sent you this email.

The Foundation has made no promise of donating money for forwarded
emails because it has no way of knowing if or how many times anyone
forwards any email. Whoever came up with this sick joke is taking
advantage of the good will of helpful people. The story pushes all the
right buttons: A sick, innocent child, the double victim of abuse and
cancer. Yet it’s all a lie. This hoax has been around since 1999 and
is documented as a hoax on several websites.

If you want to help cancer victims, get out your credit card and
donate to a cancer charity of your choice instead of clicking the
forward button for this hoax mail.

Known email hoaxes:
The AOL/Microsoft money giveaway hoax
The “809” area code hoax
The burned baby hoax
Amy Bruce / Make A Wish hoax
The “Invitation” virus hoax
The Oliver North / Osama bin Ladin / Al Gore hoax
Send spam to the South African police to save children
Exxon/Mobile gas boycott
Bush IQ report / Lovenstein Institute hoax
Monkeyman935 warning hoax
Kidney Theft urban legend

Example chain letter:

Subject: Cancer in Children (please do not delete!)

Hi, my name is Amy Bruce. I am 7 years old, and I have severe lung
cancer .. I also have a large tumor in my brain, from repeated
beatings. Doctors say I will die soon if! this isn’t fixed, and my
family can’t pay the bills.

The Make A Wish Foundation, has agreed to donate 7 cents for every
time this message is sent on.

For those of you who send this along, I thank you so much, but for
those who don’t send it, what goes around comes around. Have a Heart,
please send this.

Please, if you are a kind person, send this on. PLEASE HIT FORWARD
BUTTON NOT REPLY BUTTON.

—end of article—

I’ll repeat what I’ve typed earlier. SPAM THIS INSTEAD.
At least you know its real and educating.

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