Web Hoaxes and Pranks

Today, I received a forwarded mail from my client with the subject, "Fw: IF U hav time ....Pls.... Fwrd it...PLEASE". The content read as follows with attached photo:
"Dear All,
Alexandra came out of a rigging fire alive, but now has to fight for her life and a normal future.
She is 14 months old and she has burnt skin all over her body, damage facial bones (as a result of very high temperature).
She does not have half of her face. She is in hospital in Cracow - Poland and one of the best specialist is looking after her.
However she still has to go through many surgeries and then long rehab. Unfortunately her parents do not have any more money. Therefore we are asking for your help.
For each forwarded email her parents will get 3 cents.
Please help them..."
(Disclaimer: The content and photograph of the burned girl above are obtained from a forwarded mail. It does not belong to me.)
I am sure all of us have been receiving forwarded mails like this. I have too and all these while, i've ignored them. But this time, I nearly fall for it. Maybe it because it involved a life of a young little baby girl & the picture was convincing enough. As i was thinking to forward this mail, I asked my IT-colleague, whether are there such thing as the parents will get 3 cents if i forward the mail. He answered me without thinking long,"No. Mails that are forwarded are hard to be trace back. And who is gonna pay the parents?" I asked him again for confirmation,"Are you sure?" He gave me the same reply.
"Well, then"
, thus my intention to forward the mail was cancelled. And my time was saved from forwarding "rubbish". (Definition of rubbish: worthless material that is to be disposed of)
He is the most experienced person i know when it comes to IT stuffs. That is why, whatever I need a confirmation, i'll get it from him. I know I can trust his information. Later, he forwarded a link to me: The Top 25 Web Hoaxes and Pranks
Note: Thanks, Mike [Tee]! :)

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