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New Charity Scam Claims Parents Can’t Afford Surgery

Facebook Photo Syncing Raises Privacy Concerns

A new charity scam spreading on Facebook claims parents can’t afford surgery for their sick baby, according to Hoax Slayer. Once again, scammers “trade” likes, comments and shares for $1 to $100. After gaining user engagement and compassion, they can redirect likes towards fraudulent or malicious profiles and pages.

The hoax features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar lying in a hospital bed. The scam claims that Facebook and the CNN will donate money to cover parents’ medical expenses. Users are tricked into believing their like, share or comment will be converted in donation money.

New Charity Scam Claims Parents Can't Afford Surgery
“Please Dont Ignore,!” scam messages read. “His parents can’t afford surgery so facebook and cnn are paying half of the expenses

1 like – $1

1 comment – 10$

1 share – 100$.”

According to Hoax Slayer, the heart-wrenching picture is actually stolen from a 2012 blog post that discussed the baby’s surgery.

Users are advised to report hoaxes to Facebook and use a free application tool such as Bitdefender Safego that will protect them from the latest online threats, scams, spam, malware and private data exposure on the social network.

Charity Scams have been circulating on Facebook for a couple of years. While charity fraud is as old as charity itself, it has now gone online seeking an audience of billions of people.

New Charity Scam Claims Parents Can't Afford SurgeryBitdefender offers some tips to keep in mind before making an online donation:

1. Before sending a contribution online, search the domain’s WhoIS information and see if the contact address or other details raise any suspicions.

2. Stay away from Nigerian scams that take advantage of the gravity of illnesses such as cancer and claim they will distribute funds to charity.

3. Beware of religious references in e-mails and on social networks. Most organizations would not send you “Greetings in the name of God,” nor will it end an e-mail with “May God Almighty bless you.”

4. Avoid clicking links or attachments you get by e-mails reading “DONATION CONFIRMED.”

5. Be careful with charity websites you never heard of, especially before the holidays (be it Easter or Christmas) – they may be loaded with Trojans, worms and viruses.

6. Get a reputable antivirus solution and keep it updated to fully protect yourself.

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Bianca Stanescu, the fiercest warrior princess in the Bitdefender news palace, is a down-to-earth journalist, who's always on to a cybertrendy story. She's the industry news guru, who'll always keep a close eye on the AV movers and shakers and report their deeds from a fresh new perspective. Proud mother of one, she covers parental control topics, with a view to valiantly cutting a safe path for children through the Internet thicket. She likes to let words and facts speak for themselves.


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  • Hello Junie,

    Thanks for your feed-back!

    It’s true that grammar mistakes are a scam alert, but despite all the obvious red bells, people still fall for the same scams over and over again…



  • What exactly is the big deal here? Now i have always known they were false and see them as a huge annoyance and eyesore, why exactly should we be fearful of it? Is it actually doing anything harmful or are we only reporting it to rid us of an eyesore?

    Just a little bit curious as to what negative impacts i should be aware of when clients of mine fall for these (Because they do over and over and over and over)

  • Hello DyzZz,

    Thanks for your comment. We should also be fearful because they usually lead to fraudulent surveys.