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[Hoax Mail] Dial 1098 To Feed A Child

childline_logo It is back again. This time with a message so moving that you can’t stop yourself from clicking on the forward button. Yes I am talking about the hoax mails. Time and again, with the help of our readers, Knowledge Hub has busted many hoax mails. We even succeeded in getting a wrong information removed from Wikipedia, with the help of our article on LPG Cylinder Expiry Date.

This time the hoax mail targets the emotional side of the readers. It appeals to everyone to call 1098 in case there is excess food left over after a party, so that it can be used to feed starving children. The original content of the mail is given below:

“Dear Friends,
If you have a function/party at your home and if there is excess food
available at the end, don’t hesitate to call 1098 (only in India) – child
helpline. They will come and collect the food.
Please circulate this message which can help feed many children.
"Helping hands are better than Praying Lips".
Pass this to all whom you know and whom you don’t know as well.”

This mail has been going around the internet for years now. And since the message is intended to help the needy, one forwards it immediately without thinking twice.

But are you really helping by forwarding this message?

No you are not.

You are actually making life tough for an organization devoted to help young children. 1098 (as the mail also claims correctly), is a child helpline number in India. But they do not collect left-over food for children. See the screenshot of their website for proof:

Dial1098-Child Helpline                                                Click Here To Enlarge

Imagine the time they must be wasting by answering calls for collecting food. Precious time that could have been utilized to help a needy child.

So please do not forward such mails next time when you get it. If you really want to do something, pass the link of this article to the sender. That way you’ll indirectly help a child.

I do not understand why such mails originate? After all, what could someone gain by spreading such rumors? Is it just to cause nuisance or am I missing something here? Do share your thoughts on this.

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