Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: BCC Inc. will donate 5¢ per
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
Origins: This plea to help an injured Alabama boy began circulating on the Internet in June 1999. In common with similar hoax entreaties (see our Jessica Mydek, Jermaine Beerman, and Jada Cohen pages for others), a benefactor is said to be poised to help a sick or injured child to the tune of so many cents per
Hoaxes such as these rely on the recipient believing in a bit of shopworn Internet fiction, the myth of the sophisticated
There's no reason to believe the child mentioned in the
A real company, however — BCC Software Inc. — has because of the similarity to its name been dragged into the mess. BCC Software has posted on its web site a denial of involvement in this "help an injured child by forwarding
In October 1999 the Kalin Relek hoax was updated by yet another prankster who changed the name of the injured child to Fatima Hafeez, the parent's to Tariq Hafeez, and the city the accident supposedly occurred in to Chicago. Other than these details and the gender of the relevant pronouns, the text of this newer
Don't fall for the temptation to clog up your friends' inboxes with this plea (in any of its forms) and thus wear out your welcome.
Barbara "welcome matted" Mikkelson
Last updated: 20 October 2007
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