Forward an email to help a badly burned 6-year old injured in a fire at Wal-Mart-Fiction!
Forward an Email to Help Cover Medical Costs for a 6-year old Badly Burned in a Fire at Wal-Mart-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:A story about a 6-year old girl who, while on a visit to Wal-Mart with her brother, gets trapped in a bathroom during a fire. At first her family assumes she has died but they later learn she's in the hospital, is severely burned, and needs surgery. The family can't pay for it, but you can help because AOL is going to give $2 toward her medical care for every email that is forwarded around the Internet.
The Truth:There is no evidence this every happened and even if it did, there is no money being given by AOL for forwarding the email. There is no procedure being used on the Internet by anybody to trace forwarded emails for the purpose of compensating yourself or anybody else. The story is a hoax, and a badly written one at that. The story is not believable, does not have any factual information that would allow it to be verified (such as the city where this took place).
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Subject: SAD WALMART STORY
You are going to cry after you read this sad story. A
sister and her brother were inside the new Walmart
built in town. The sister at six years of age,the
brother seventeen years of age. The
brother was fixing to buy a present for his little
sister on her birthday, but as soon as they were
fixing to leave she had to go to the bathroom. Her
brother showed her where it was, he started to look at
some earrings she would probably like
for her next birthday. As he started to buy them he
saw people running from the end of the store screaming
and yelling with fear.Before he new it
he smelled smoke and saw fire, he ran to his little
sister as fast as he could but when he got to the
bathrooms they were already on fire. He new he had to
get out as fast as
he could to get help. But when the firetrucks arrived
it was already to late. Two days later the family got
a call from the hospital saying they have someone
there by the name of Sandy.They asked “How did you get
this number”? The hospital said she was holding a
purse in her hand with a card that said her name and
number on it. The family drove to the hospital to see
their little angel. While they looked at her, they
noticed her arms were almost all the way burnt off,
and her face was so burned it needed surgery. But the
family didn’t have enough to cover the bill. So now
they need you to help out!
Note: Every time someone repost this AOL will take
away $2.00 off the hospital bill. DO NOT DELETE! AOL
repost this saying “sad walmart story”