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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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21 Responses to [Hoax Mail] Dial 1098 To Feed A Child

  1. Vinayak Nagri September 12, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    I just don't get what do the people get by sending such idiotic hoax mails(though i never got one). Good work in busting another hoax mail.

  2. Anshul September 12, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    Yeah right Vinayak. Such mails just waste time of people. Why people (ab)use internet is something I don't get.

  3. kipler September 13, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    i hate hoax mails really..they fool people and get wealthy through lies..i hope these people will stop what they're doing and plan to do some better things instead..

  4. Manisha September 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I was not knowing this previously.. Thanks alot for sharing such information which actually help these people as these sms are forwarded immediately when recieved, even i have done this and now i am regretting.. Thanks for telling this truth…

  5. Anshul September 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    I share similar thoughts Kipler 🙂

  6. Technical Jobs September 14, 2010 at 2:46 am #

    I just do not get what people do by sending such messages stupid joke . Nice job on the other mail fraud busting.

  7. Aditya Kane September 14, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    Hoax and Spam is really a terrible nuisance. When I get such forwards or Smses I wonder who are these people who actually have the time to type out such non-sense.

  8. Anshul September 14, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    Thanks 'Technical Jobs' :).

    Btw you should consider using your own name while commenting. It looks better to connect. Using business/website name generally flags comments as spams. You can enter your website url in the website field while commenting to get a do-follow backlink.

  9. Anshul September 14, 2010 at 6:14 am #

    I agree Aditya. So much of precious time is wasted because of such mails and messages. I wonder what do people get by sending hoax mails, apart from creating nuisance? Do they have some other hidden motive which we are not able to see?

  10. Anshul September 14, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    Don't regret Manisha, we all make such mistakes :). Just ensure the authenticity of such mails/sms before forwarding them the next time.

  11. Luis Isham September 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    You'd think people would have better things to do then this, but yet here we are.

  12. Web Design September 15, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    Great post. I've received that message before. I know there are a lot of spam emails so I marked it spam with out even reading the whole mail. Thanks for posting this.

  13. callezee September 15, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Hoax mails must be eradicated,Good work..But one thing we are not able to find the people who is sending all these junks..

  14. Website Hosting September 15, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    You have good work in busting another hoax mails,and you want wonder what do people get by sending hoax mails, Its very nice site.

  15. Mary Fortier September 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Oh I'm sure if there was enough time dedicated to the task, the origin coudl be determined. That's the problem; lack of time and resources to achieve such an aim.

  16. Leslie Snickerman September 16, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Its really sad that people would use children and play the sympathy card to get people's hard earned money… go out and get a real job and stop praying on the innocent, kind souls out there…

  17. Julia Corner September 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Some people are just pathetic.

  18. takai_n September 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    This is nice article. But i just want ask your is this number really work. If this work then it is wonderful job. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

  19. James September 18, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I also agree with the thoughts of Kipler.

  20. B2B Marketplace September 29, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    nice article. i got many of these mails but i simply ignore them.

  21. coach handbags October 6, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Nice job on the other mail fraud busting.

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