Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
My name is Antonia Foraker from Delight, WV. My youngest daughter, Savannah, was diagnosed with a rare blood disease in January of 2000. Savannah, who will turn four on
Unfortunately, there isn't much doctors can do for her right now. Our medical costs have become extremely expensive. Three local companies have promised to give $.05 each 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. Your good deeds could really save her life. Please take a few seconds to help us in our time of need. I know how many of these go around and I want you to know that they really help, if you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please have a heart and forward this.
Earl, Antonia, Michaela, Amber, and Savannah
Origins: March 2000 marked the beginning of this particular leg-pull. It stinks of hoax, through and through, and the
Short and sweet:
- E-mail tracking programs with the level of sophistication required here don't exist (yet).
- Neither do anonymous corporate benefactors.
In common with similar entreaties (see our Jessica Mydek and Jermaine Beerman pages for a few others), an unnamed benefactors are said to be poised to help a sick or injured child to the tune of so many cents per
Before surrendering to the urge to ask friends to help save this stricken child, think about this: why would local businesses committed to aiding a child in need make the degree of their participation contingent upon the number of
Another question to ask yourself: how would the benefactors know how many
There's no reason to believe the child mentioned in the
Barbara "april fueled" Mikkelson
Last updated: 28 October 2007