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Claim: Ten cents per e-mail forward go towards the medical care of a woman who was both widowed and injured in the
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: This appeal to aid the seriously injured parent of a child who lost her father in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers began its Internet life in June 2002.
It's just another hoax, similar to so many others listed in our Missing and Sick Kids section, with the key difference being the events that precipitated the need. This time the heart-tug intended to get folks to forward the prank is tied to the wrenching events of
No "James Thomas" turns up on the victims' list for the World Trade Center. (There is a James Thomas Murphy, however.) Moreover, those who survived but were seriously injured in the terrorist attacks and the families of those who died have had money directed their way through the
The Red Cross (which, by the way, is not the entity administering the
Barbara "prankenstein lives" Mikkelson
Last updated: 30 September 2007
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