Facebook Hoax 2013: Philippines First Recorded Snowfall

I saw this from my Facebook News Feed.


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It was shared by some FB friends of mine. Wow! “Philippines’ First Recorded Snowfall“, and some my friends are asking if this is true. So out of curiosity I did some basic checking: OK Video is on YouTube, let’s see the text description from YouTube:

A bizarre highly unusual phenomenon shocked the southern Philippine residents as of this 8:00 am (UTC+08:00) there were confirmed reports that a 3 straight hours of heavy snowfall was reported to certain areas in the Southern region.

Wow 3 hours of heavy snowfall in the Philippines and yet Menard did not know anything about it (Menard FTW, he hid inside a cave somewhere along Ortigas avenue all-day again!!!)

And then I watched the video and with a replay I know it was TOO HOAX(ie) TO BE TRUE. Why? Read on..

OK some disclaimer first: I am not a video expert or a weather expert. I’m a normal IT-dude who is exposed to malware, social engineering and social media (read more about what I do full time here). So I will try to approach this Philippines First Recorded Snowfall issue from my areas of expertise and I will  try to make some sense out of it.

My observations:

  • Too many missing elements to be real news/newsworthy event. No exact location (Southern Philippines/Southern region only?) Is the news outfit reporting that lazy enough (or incompetent enough)  not to give the exact location? C’mon name the Province and City or Town, so that we can verify its authenticity.
  • Is news agency reporting legit? RB News and their logo, sorry haven’t heard of them :p
  • Exaggerated? Or is Media (Conventional and Social ones) in the Philippines that slow? 3 straight hours of heavy snowfall? 3 hours??? Social media (twitter, FB) isn’t that slow to pick up Bizarre events like this and I believe that the rivals biggie News/Media outlets (GMA,ABS-CBN,TV5,Inquirer,Rappler,etc) will catch the story and will make a big fuzz of it in all media.
  • Vague Details. Too many vague details in the video reporting
  • CC and Copyright Infringement. YouTube video text description got some copyright infringement warning then mixed it up with Creative-commons. Hehehe nice combo!

I originally tried to ignore this Facebook Hoax and  tried to get some sleep but seeing another barrage of Philippines First Recorded Snowfall: Is this true? via my FB timeline and 1 friend of a friend commenting that “this may be Malware, blah blah blah”


Screencap of my Friend’s Facebook Timeline showing her friend’s “may be malware” comment

I just smirked and said to myself: maybe I missed that malware from my breakfast menu (Thanks Ian for letting me use the screencap).

Given my observations above, I am giving a wild-guess that the people or group behind this video just wants to make it viral. Why? I’ve heard that viral videos in YouTube are good source of moolah, cash, kaching-kaching so #alamna. Wild guess lang naman ok?

Sorry I am still _NOT_ buying it. I will _NOT_ embed the video here at menardconnect.com. My reason: by embedding or re-posting the video I might just contribute to making it viral.

So this Philippines’ First Recorded Snowfall => Too Good to be True =>  HOAX for me OK 🙂

My advice to my FB Friends and readers: Do Not Share/ Do NOT Repost That Philippines’ First Recorded Snowfall video in FB. Let’s help remove some of the clutter in Facebook!!!

If you haven’t seen the video and want to contribute to make it “viral” you can cut and paste the link below


(FYI: my 1st viewing showed 200K+ views, now it got some 300K+ views already before posting this article)

Please feel free to repost/share this blog post/article to your timeline to help on the awareness campaign.

If you like this Snow in the Philippines hoax post, kindly view my other Facebook Hoax 2013 posts.


Facebook Hoax 2013: Graphic App Privacy Warning Hoax

In 2012 I featured several hoaxes circulating in Facebook here in my blog and launched my Facebook Hoax 2012 Awareness campaign. I think it was a good campaign so I am doing it again for this year 🙂

To start it off here is my story: Last night I saw another round of hoax-like fishy status updates from several of my friends and family members…

I tried to ignore it but when I checked my FB Android app this afternoon, I saw this Facebook Graphic App Hoax status notifications are invading my FB news feeds, with lots of DONE, Done and done comments from their friends!!!

Facebook Hoax + “Privacy”-sensitive FB friends = FTW!


I said enough is enough, this hoax needs some clarification in menardconnect.com before it gets out of hand because the hoax seems to be attempting to do some Facebookprivacy scare” but in reality it just provides misleading information.

Honestly, this one seems to be a recycled hoax from last year. I saw the same steps in the previous “I Want to Stay Privately Connected with You” scare messages in Facebook in 2012, but this time, it uses the Graphic App (whatever that app is) as a legit term bait. I will not comment on the privacy concerns about FB Graphs Search function, I will leave that to other security and tech blogs to discuss in detail.

To all my Facebook friends and blog readers that have posted/read this Facebook Graphic App Privacy Warning Hoax please take time to read this post and spread the word. To summarize:

  • There is no such thing such as the Graphic App described in the Graphic App Privacy Warning Hoax (see text sample below).
  • Do _NOT_ confuse that Graphic App with the Graphs Search function of FB. They are _NOT_ the same.
  • Actually if Facebook users follow the instructions in the second paragraph, it will _NOT_ change any privacy settings. It will just control which updates will be shown for that friend. Meaning you won’t see any “Life Events” and “Comments and Like” from that friend anymore.
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  • Please DO NOT Copy and Paste the hoax in your status. Nothing serious will happen, but honestly it’s a waste of your time and you are just spreading misleading information and you are just adding to the Facebook clutter problem.

Here is the status text sample (actual text may vary)

Hello to all of you who are on my list of contacts of Facebook. I would like to ask a favor of you…. You may not know that Facebook has changed its privacy configuration once again. Thanks to the new “Graphic app”, any person in Facebook anywhere in the world can see our photos, our “likes” and our “comments”.

So, please, place your cursor over my photo that appears in this box (without clicking) and a window will open. Now move the cursor to the word “Friends”, again without clicking. Then click on “Settings”. Uncheck “Life Events” and “Comments and Like”. This way my activity with my family and friends will no longer be made public.

Now, copy and paste this text on your own wall (do not “share” it!). Once I see it published on your page, I will un-check the same for you. During the next two weeks, I am going to keep this message posted and I ask you to do the following and comment “DONE”. Thanks so much!

Again, I would like to request that you DO NOT Copy and Paste the hoax warning in your status. You are just spreading misleading information and you are just adding to the Facebook clutter problem. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem OK?

You don’t want to believe me? then read it via Hoax Slayer:



or visit Graham Cluleys blog for more insights:


I will try to find other  Facebook Hoaxes for 2013 and feature it here in menardconnect.com.

If you like this post, feel free to like, repost, share in Facebook, or tweet the link! Thank you!

Facebook Hoax 2013: Johns Hopkins Every Person Has Cancer Cells

I have been seeing this Johns Hopkins Cancer (Every person has cancer cells in the body) posts in Facebook. I remember getting it via email (spam) several years ago and I know its a hoax. And now its posted/shared on the “IN Thing” Facebook via comments and shares. I’m _NOT_ a medical practitioner or  a medical expert but hey Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center website already debunked the claims by this email and facebook hoax. So as an awareness campaign I am re-posting here in menardconnect.com, the official statement on this issue from the official Johns Hopkins website:

Cancer Update Email — It’s a Hoax!
Updated April 2009


Information falsely attributed to Johns Hopkins called, “CANCER UPDATE FROM JOHN HOPKINS” describes properties of cancer cells and suggests ways of preventing cancer. Johns Hopkins did not publish the information, which often is an email attachment, nor do we endorse its contents. The email also contains an incorrect spelling of our institution as “John” Hopkins; whereas, the correct spelling is “Johns” Hopkins. For more information about cancer, please read the information on our web site or visit the National Cancer Institute’s web site at www.cancer.gov. Please help combat the spread of this hoax by letting others know of this statement.

Another hoax email that has been circulating since 2004 regarding plastic containers, bottles, wrap claiming that heat releases dioxins which cause cancer also was not published by Johns Hopkins. More information from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Mythbusters: Please help curb the spread of this hoax by sending a link to this page to individuals that forward you this email.

The Truth about the “Cancer Update” Email

It has become such a problem, that the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and individual cancer centers like the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have posted warnings on their Web sites. Emails offering easy remedies for avoiding and curing cancer are the latest Web-influenced trend. To gain credibility, the anonymous authors falsely attribute their work to respected research institutions like Johns Hopkins. This is the case with the so-called “Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins.”

The gist of this viral email is that cancer therapies of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy do not work against the disease and people should instead choose a variety of dietary strategies.

Traditional therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, work. The evidence is the millions of cancer survivors in the United States today who are alive because of these therapies. We recognize that treatments don’t work in every patient, or sometimes work for awhile and then stop working, and there are some cancers that are more difficult to cure than others. These problems are the focus of ongoing cancer research.

We’ll go through each statement in the email hoax and provide real responses from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts.

Email hoax contentions #1 and 2: Everyone Has Cancer Cells

Cancer is a genetic disease resulting from a variety of mutations and alterations either inherited from our parents or, more commonly, acquired over time due to environmental exposures and behaviors, such as smoking and poor diet. These alterations turn off important cell growth regulators allowing cells to continually divide unchecked, explains Luis Diaz, a clinician-scientist in Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics. This type of cell is called a malignant or cancer cell. Among the trillions of cells in the human body, inevitably everyone has some abnormal or atypical cells that possess some of the characteristics of cancer cells, most resolve themselves and never result in cancer, says Diaz.

There is no single or standard test for cancer. There are ways to screen for certain cancers with tests such as colonoscopy for colon cancer, mammography for breast cancer, PSA for prostate cancer, and the Pap smear for cervical cancer, and these tests can detect cancers in a very early and curable stage. For many cancers, there currently are no screening tests, and they are diagnosed when they begin to cause symptoms.

Diaz and other Kimmel Cancer Center researchers are working on new tests that detect abnormal DNA shed by cancer cells into blood and body fluids and have the ability to find cancers before they cause any symptoms. Approaches like this could lead to a broad-based screening test for cancer.

Tests like these also are being used to detect cancer recurrences and malignant cells left behind following surgery, and can find cancers that are not detectable under the microscope or in x-rays.

Other researchers are studying cancer stem cells. They are stealth cells that make up just a tiny fraction of a tumor. While small in number, investigators believe they may be the cells that drive certain cancers and lead to cancer recurrence. Therapies that target these cells are now being tested in clinical trials.

A team of our breast cancer researchers has developed a method that could make it possible to detect breast cancer from the DNA contained in a single drop of blood.

But, while evasive cancer cells are a challenge and the focus of ongoing research, it does not mean, as the email contends, that all patients, even those treated successfully for cancer, have cancers-in-waiting—undetectable but still there. People are treated and completely cured of cancer everyday.

Email hoax contention #3: A Strong Immune System Destroys Cancer

When it comes to cancer and the immune system, it is not a matter of strong or weak as the fictional report contends, but rather an issue of recognition. “The immune system simply does not recognize cancer. In its complexity, the cancer cell has learned to disguise itself to the immune system as a normal, healthy cell. Cells infected with viruses or bacteria send out danger signals setting the immune system in action. But cancer cells do not, explains Elizabeth Jaffee, co-director of cancer immunology and leading expert on cancer and the immune system.” By deciphering the methods cancer cells use to make them invisible to the immune system, Jaffee and team have developed cancer vaccines that have successfully triggered immune reactions against prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.

Email hoax contention #4 and #5: Cancer is caused by Nutritional Deficiencies and Supplements Will Correct Them

Dietary habits and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, contribute to the development of many human cancers, says Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson. Our experts recommend a balanced diet (see response #11) as a way of reducing cancer risk. In terms of supplements, Nelson points out that while they may help mediate vitamin deficiencies, taking doses above what the body needs provides no added benefit.

Email hoax contentions #6, 7, 8, 9, and 10: Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Harms Normal Cells. Surgery Causes Cancer to Spread

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy kills cancer cells with remarkable selectivity, says Nelson. There are some temporary and reversible side effects common to cancer therapies, including hair loss and low blood counts. Limiting and managing these side effects is an integral part of treatment.

Surgery is the first line of treatment for many types of cancer. It does not cause cancer to spread. Cancers spread to other tissues and organs as a tumor progresses and cancer cells break away from the original tumor and travel through the bloodstream to other body sites.

Email hoax contentions #11, 12, 13, and 14: Cancers Feed on Certain Foods

The premise is that cancer cells feed on certain foods, and if a person refrains from eating these foods, the cancer will die. According to our experts, a poor diet and obesity associated with a poor diet is a risk factor for the development of cancer. However, there is no evidence that certain foods alter the environment of an existing cancer, at the cellular level, and cause it to either die or grow.

While there is such a thing as tumors that produce mucus, the mucus made by a tumor does not result from drinking milk. And, eating less meat, while a good choice for cancer prevention, does not free up enzymes to attack cancer cells, explains cancer prevention and control expert Elizabeth Platz.

Moderation is key, says Platz. As part of a balanced diet, sugar, salt, milk, coffee, tea, meat, and chocolate—the foods the “Update” calls into question—are all safe choices, she says. The real concern with many of these, particularly sugar, is that it adds calories to a diet and can lead to obesity, and obesity is a major risk factor for cancer. A balanced nutritious diet, healthy weight, physical activity, and avoiding alcoholic drinks may prevent as many as 1/3 of all cancers. Platz recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and limiting red and processed meats, like hot dogs.

Several Johns Hopkins experts participated in the World Cancer Research Fund – American Institute for Cancer Research report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, published in November 2007, which is considered by cancer prevention experts to be an authoritative source of information on diet, physical activity and cancer. Their recommendations for cancer prevention and for good health in general are:

Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat).
Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer.
Our experts recommend that people meet their nutritional needs through their food choices. While vitamin supplements can be helpful in people with nutritional deficiencies, evidence suggests that supplementation above what the body can use provides no added health benefit.

Email hoax contention #15: Cancer is a Disease of Mind, Body, and Spirit

Cancer is a disease caused by genetic alterations. Many times, these alterations occur through our own behaviors—cigarette smoking, a poor and unbalanced diet, virus exposures, and sunburns, says cancer prevention and control expert John Groopman.

How stress, faith, and other factors influence this is largely unknown. We would like people to be happy, loving, and stress free, simply because it is a nice way to live and can contribute to an overall feeling of well being, says Platz. There is no evidence, however, that a person prevents or causes cancer based on his or her state of mind.

Still, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can make patients and families feel stressed and anxious, and these are not pleasant feelings. So, we offer extensive patient and family services, including a cancer counseling center, pain and palliative care program, chaplain services and a meditation chapel, an image recovery center, and the Art of Healing art and music program.

Email hoax contention #16: Oxygen Kills Cancer Cells

Platz recommends regular exercise as a part of any healthy lifestyle, but says there is no evidence that breathing deeply or receiving oxygen therapy prevents cancer.

On its Web site, the American Cancer Society includes the following statement about oxygen therapy, “Available scientific evidence does not support claims that putting oxygen-releasing chemicals into a person’s body is effective in treating cancer. It may even be dangerous. There have been reports of patient deaths from this method.” Read more

Please pass this information on to family and friends.


Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Office of Public Affairs


Full article with links here:
Cancer Update Email — It’s a Hoax!

More related posts from Hoax Slayer and Snopes.

Let’s stop posting hoaxes in Facebook and other social media websites OK?

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Eating Pineapple Causes AIDS Hoax

We got hold of another recycled hoax for Facebook. This time its about a boy eating pineapple and surprise getting AIDS because of the pineapple 🙂

Read more:


A 10 year old boy had eaten pineapple about 15 days back, and fell sick from the day he had eaten. Later, when he had his Health check done… doctors diagnosed that he had AIDS. His parents couldn’t believe it…

Then the entire family underwent a Checkup… none of them suffered from Aids. So the doctors checked again with the boy if he had eaten out…The boy said “yes”. He had pineapple that evening. Immediately, a group from Mallya hospital went to the pineapple vendor to check.

They found the pineapple seller had a cut on his finger while cutting the pineapple, his blood had spread into the fruit.

When they had his blood checked… the guy was suffering from AIDS… but he himself was NOT aware.
Unfortunately, the boy is suffering from it now.

Please take care while u eat on the road side. And please SHARE this to your family and friends.
By: [name removed]

I remember that this hoax was the same one circulating via email some years ago. But I guess it was not a pineapple, I think it was a hamburger or maybe cheeseburger.

True enough here is some reliable links explaining the hoax


I advise my readers and friends to kindly STOP sharing these kinds of HOAX. Let’s make Facebook a better place OK 🙂

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Child with Big Bloated Stomach Photo, Facebook Will Pay One Dollar Per Share

I got another Facebook hoax for 2012 courtesy of my caring and sharing Facebook friends. The wall image

The photo of the girl/child in the new Facebook hoax has a bloated stomach, and one of the photos have a date 2010/08/28. With a promise that “Facebook will give $1 for every share to this girls family, so plz share this picture and help this girl”. Hehehe classic ?

note: images edited to protect identity of the girl

Original Text of the Facebook Hoax

PLZ read this…its very important for someone…
Its not always about being funny or making pplz laugh…we do wanna help others….so we r sharing this picture with U people….If u really care If u really wanna do something good then PLZ PLZ HELP this Girl……Facebook Will give $1 for every share it gets from this link….so PLZ if u wanna help this kid SHARE this picture and Help her…

And now, creative Facebook users have shared the Facebook hoax picture with different accompanying text.

This is another classic Sympathy and Charity Hoax similar to what I discussed in my previous post.

But this time the price of sharing has gone up (1 Dollar per share) and honestly I am worried that Facebook might run out of money soon (add *evil* laughter here).

I encourage my readers NOT TO RESHARE or REPOST this new Facebook hoax. Facebook will never give this amount of money just for sharing the photo; it will just annoy your friends and add up clutter to your wall and timeline.

To know more about some New Facebook Hoax for 2012, kindly view my other posts.

From Hoax-slayer.com


New Facebook Hoax 2012: Effects of Cold Water Heart Attack Hoax

I got another Facebook share from my inspiring Facebook friends claiming that drinking cold water after meals will cause oil sludge build up and will eventually cause heart attack. Scary?

The Facebook share comes as a photo share with an illustration of the heart in pink background and some warning text. The image comes with the header, EFFECTS OF COLD WATER and with the opening lines: “Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about“:

The image in the text then details a warning to those who like to drink cold water after meals, because supposedly the cold water will solidify the oily stuff the person consumes and will turn the oil into sludge. The oily sludge reacts with the acid and then other usual scare tactics blah blah blah then it will lead to heart attack.

Why I find it hoaxy and spammy? It uses the usual tactics, the use of words to relate to emotions, get sympathy and entices user into forwarding or sharing.
1. Giveaway hoax opening line:”Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about
2. Giving Medical and Statistics related data (not backed up by anything): “A cardiologist says that if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life
3. Giveaway hoax closing line: “Its never late, forward soon” .

Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert so I may be wrong here.

But my gut feel and common sense suggest that I should blog about this false warning.

Really, I am smiling about the sending to 10 people; it was a basic email hoax catchphrase some years back. So I guess this Effects of Cold Water Heart Attack warning is originally from email hoax spam before and is now converted to fit Facebook share and other social network re-sharing mechanism.

Doing some more research on this topic points that this is a confirmed hoax as it uses older text from old email hoax. Read related notification at snopes.com


I strongly suggest that we DO NOT SPREAD or SHARE these kinds of Facebook hoax.

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Shrimp + Vitamin C = Arsenic Poisoning?

Again I got another Facebook share from my caring Facebook friends claiming a woman suddenly passed away unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth and eyes… because of eating Shrimp and Vitamin C!!! Yup! Another Say What moment from me: Shrimps and Vitamin C!!!

The Facebook Share comes with a picture of a woman with blood flowing on her face.

Image Credit: www.facebook.com

Note: Image edited to protect privacy of the woman in the photo.

The text after the photo goes like this:

Please read if you eat shrimps – Very Educative:
A woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes.

After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed that death was due to arsenic poisoning.
Where did the arsenic come from?

The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case.
The professor carefully looked at the contents. In less than half an hour, the mystery was solved.
The professor said: ‘The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!’
Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death?
The professor said: ‘The arsenic was produced in the stomach of the deceased.’ The deceased used to take ‘Vitamin C‘ everyday, which in itself is not a problem.
The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that’s why nothing happened to her family even though they had the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took ‘vitamin C‘, that is where the problem was!

Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States , found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five
potassium arsenic compounds.

Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body.

However, in taking ‘vitamin C‘, chemical reaction occurs and the original non-toxic elements change to toxic elements.

Arsenic poisoning has magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will show signs of bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth & eyes. Thus as a precautionary measure,

DO NOT eat shrimp/prawn when taking ‘vitamin C‘.

After reading this; please do not be stingy. Re-share to your friends.

Very educative indeed!!!

But wait… This one is familiar because I got it before via email (maybe some 8~9 years ago, I cannot recall when was it exactly) and it was just an email hoax then but now it got recycled to fit into the “IN” thing nowadays: Facebook Share and other social media sites sharing.

Why I still remember it? Because I have some allergy with shrimps before so I take emails and warnings about shrimps seriously.

The hoax give-away phrase was the “Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States, found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five potassium arsenic compounds” – it is the usual attempt to have vague reference to a reputable source but is not backed up by real scientific data.

Still not convinced? Then read this:


I therefore conclude that Shrimp/Prawn + Vitamin C will result to Arsenic Poisoning = Recycled Email Hoax = New Facebook Hoax 2012

Some disclaimer: If you really have food allergies (e.g. seafood/shrimp/prawn) don’t eat shrimps/prawns without consulting with your doctor first!

For other Facebook hoax busts kindly visit:
New Facebook Hoax 2012: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share
New Facebook Hoax 2012: Can Electricity Pass Through Flash Light of the Digital Camera to Your Body

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Can Electricity Pass Through Flash Light of the Digital Camera to Your Body?

I recently saw this share from my lovable Facebook friends claiming a boy was burned because electricity passed through the flash of the digital camera to his body.

The Facebook Share comes with a matching picture of a locomotive train and some electrical overhead lines encircled and with the text “Can ELECTRICITY pass through Flash light of the Digital camera to your body??? Yes it is 100% true..!” added to the image file.

Image Credit: facebook.com

Unlike the Child with Cancer Image + Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share Hoax, this one does not have the charity angle. But the story is full of absurdity, loopholes and contains the usual tactics from old email hoaxes.

The presence of usual text like:
1. ” MUST READ” ” MUST READ” ” MUST READ” (scare tactic)
2. Yes it is 100% true (eager to prove that story is not a HOAX, prove it with facts not with the words “100% true”)
3. SHARE THIS INFO TO WHOM YOU CARE.( Click Share ) ( Touch the emotional side, get sympathy)
makes me really suspicious.

Searching for the hospital name in question (Keshavani Hospital, Mumbai) will either lead you to similar stories (longer version posted on year 2008 to 2011) or claims that there is no such burn treatment hospital in Mumbai.

Lastly, I am not an electrical engineer nor an expert on electricity but I really find the electricity passing through light claim absurd and against my basic electrical concepts course in college (was it ELDE 313(?)).

So my conclusion is: either the story lacks factual evidence as presented and is incomplete or just a make-believe story and is therefore a new Facebook HOAX.

Read the whole story posted in Facebook below:


Can ELECTRICITY pass through Flash light of the Digital camera to your body??? Yes it is 100% true..!

This is a true incidence reported of a boy aged 19, who was studying in 1st year of engineering, who died in Keshvani Hospital, Mumbai. He was admitted in the Hospital as a burned patient. Reason ??????

This boy had gone to Amravati (a place located in State of Maharashtra ) on a study tour, on their return they were waiting at the railway station to catch the train. Many of them started taking pictures of their friends using “Mobile Phones” and / or “Digital Camera”. One of them complained that, he was unable to capture the full group of friends in one frame in the Digicam.

This boy moved away to a distance to get the whole group.

He failed to notice that at an angle above his head, 40,000 volts electrical line was passing through.
As soon as he clicked the digital camera? 40,000 volt current passed through the camera flash light to his camera and then from his camera to his fingers & to his body. All this happened within a fraction of a second. His body was half burned.

They arranged for an ambulance & his burned body was brought to Keshavani Hospital, Mumbai.

For one & half days or so he was conscious & talking. Doctors did not have much hopes as there was a lot of complex issues in his body. He passed away later.
Now how many of us are aware about these technical threats & dangers? Even if we are, how many of us are adhering??

Now should we call ourselves as educated and knowledgeable people?
* Please avoid mobile phones on petrol outlets.
* Please avoid talking on mobile phones while driving.
* Change that “Chalta Hai Yaar Attitude”.
* Please avoid talking on mobile phones while kept in charging mode without disconnecting from wall socket.
* Please do not keep mobile phones on your bed while charging and / on wooden furniture.
* Avoid using mobile phones / Digital cameras near high voltage electrical lines like in railway stations and avoid using flash.

.( Click Share )

And by the way, some good advice was shared in the end! But most of these are self explanatory suggestions and I will not dispute it one by one here :).

I guess the post above is enough for a day’s worth Facebook Hoax Busting.

Related stories in the net:


I will update this post if I have other related reliable stories (supporting it or disputing the claim).

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share

My routine Facebook browsing led me to some Facebook message shares circulating that includes a collection of photograph of a child that appears to have some red patches all over his or her body (face, back of head, buttocks and other sensitive areas) and it says that the child have cancer. The Facebook message image comes with the SHARE PLEASE tag at the top of the image and it claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child for every time the picture is shared.

Sounds familiar?

I’ve been roaming in this interconnected world for more than a decade already and for me it’s easy to spot a hoax.

YES! This sympathy + share and forward + some big charitable entity will pay per share/forward trick have been there for more than a decade.

Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL  have been used before in previous Sympathy and Charity Hoaxes, and email forwarding was the mechanism used to spread such lies.

But now Facebook and their “Share” and “Like” are the “IN” thing, so the hoax switch is towards Facebook and other new social media.

C’mon guys n gals, do we seriously think that Facebook will give away money for every “charitable” cause each users will share and reshare into their facebook wall? I don’t think so.

My conclusion: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share = New Facebook Hoax for 2012

Image Credit: Facebook.com

Note: Image edited to protect the privacy of the child.

For more related information kindly visit (show some variant of this scam but is using a different image):



I suggest that we DO NOT SPREAD or SHARE these kinds of Facebook hoaxes.

Update 2012.02.02

Update by Hoax Slayer