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Home --> Inboxer Rebellion --> Medical Appeals --> Jada Cohen

Jada Cohen

Claim:   A billionaire has promised 5¢ per e-mail forward to help Jada, a premature baby who requires expensive medical care.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 1999]

Dear friends,

My name is Anna Cohen and I live in Albany New York.

My daughter Liz recently had a baby girl named Jada 2 months early. Jada has many problems with her heart and lungs and medical costs have become extremely expensive. Jada was recently moved to a hospital in California and the move was very expensive.

A billionaire in California has promised to give $.05 for every time this email is forwarded. If you wouldn't mind forwarding this to everyone on your list I would greatly appreciate it as well as my daughter and little Jada. This could save a life. Please have a heart and forward this. Remember: What goes around comes around.

Thank you,
Anna Cohen

Origins:   This plea to help a premature baby in Albany, New York, began circulating on the Internet in November 1998. In common with similar entreaties, an unnamed wealthy benefactor is said to be poised to help a sick or injured child to the tune of so many cents per e-mail
forward.

Before you give in to the temptation to ask all of your friends to help, think about this: Why would a billionaire committed to aiding the family of an injured child make the degree of his participation contingent upon the number of e-mails garnered by the plea?

The idea that an anonymous benefactor would be kind enough to want to underwrite the cost of a child's care yet heartless enough to insist upon making the amount of such help dependent on something as frivolous as Internet participation seems absurd. If there really were such a person, why wouldn't he just write a check for whatever amount the family needed?

Another question to ask yourself: how would the billionaire know how many e-mails have been forwarded (and thus how much to write the check for)? The note contains no instructions about sending a copy to a central gathering point, so there's no one doing the counting.

Jada Cohen, the child mentioned in this e-mail is fictitious: no amount of searching has turned up anything about her or the e-mail campaign to fund her care. Consider this plea the cyber equivalent of someone's ringing the doorbell and running away.

Barbara "jaded about jada" Mikkelson

Last updated:   27 March 2005

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