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The American Red
Cross is Donating Fifty Cents for Every Fifty Emails Forwarded for
Victims of Hurricane Katrina-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor There are a couple of
versions of this eRumor.
One is said to be from a person named Brenda or Loily and says that
the Red Cross has offered to give fifty cents for every email that
she and her co-workers send.
She asks that when the number of forwards reaches 50 the email be
sent back to her.
The second asks you to
forward an email from the Red Cross to others that will generate
fifty cents for Hurricane Katrina victims for every fifty emails
that are forwarded.
TruthOrFiction.com regards both of
these email as hoaxes and for a couple of reasons.
First, the American Red Cross needs all the
help it can get for hurricane relief in the Gulf states of the U.S.,
but it is not asking for it through forwarded emails.
Second, here is no system being used on the Internet to trace forwarded
emails for the purpose of compensating yourself or anyone else.
This is a very common type of eRumor in the aftermath of a disaster.
This one is a bit unusual in that it asks to be sent back to the
originator after 50 names have accumulated.
Don't get suckered into a hoax, especially one that is going to put
your and your friends' email addresses into the hands of a stranger.
If you wanted to donate to the American Red Cross, go to their
official website at: www.redcross.org
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
For those who don't know me real name it is Brenda or
(loily) for some of you. Over here in New York, our med. staff had come
up with a plan to help the ones in need. We are willing to give 18 hours
of our weekend ( and we don't get paid ) to help the people that are in
the path of the storm "Katrina". We have a had a talk with the
Red Cross to help us and they said that for email that we send that they
were going to donate $.50, you don't have to pay anything. We are not
asking for much, just to email this to everyone you know. You can help
Rebuild their cities and make a lot of peoples live easier. Many
families have had to leave their homes because of this storm. Please
sigh your name in the bottom and help us!
when this email has reached 50 names plesae send it to
Loily_bb@hotmail.com thank you guys a lot!
Version # 2
The American Red Cross is giving .50 cents for every 50
emails that are forwarded about the Hurricane Relief Effort.
Pass it on!
Helps the victims through a good organization!
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