|Sabrina Fair Allen|
(8/19/2002) Though the case of Sabrina Fair Allen is unfortunately true, this e-mail chain letter about her demonstrates almost all the problems with using e-mail for this purpose.
If you click the link to send it on, you'll be taken to a "funpage" tell-a-friend service where you're asked to enter your name and address as well as the addresses of up to ten friends. In addition, unless you opt out, sending this message will also sign you up for contests, special offers and newsletters. This has led a lot of people to suspect it is a heartless scam to collect subscribers.
Unfortunately, Sabrina's story is very true.
More information is on the FindSabrina.org web site.
With so much information about Sabrina's disappearance on the Internet, it's a shame the above chain letter doesn't contain much beyond her name, age and photo. It does more to coerce you into sending it than give you useful information that may lead to Sabrina's recovery - a common problem with missing child chain letters.
Given the lack of information, missing child chains are often easily applied to different areas with the addition or modification of just a few details. Chain-Breaker Keith pointed out that the above chain has surfaced in South Africa. The dialing prefixes on the phone numbers have been changed to South African exchanges and the link to mailbits has been removed. With just this tiny modification, this letter has become a hoax. Refer to this article in the Chain-Breaker's Library for many more reasons missing child chains often cause more problems than they solve.
To help Sabrina and her family, Break this Chain by sending friends to FindSabrina.org, where they'll get useful information and the latest updates on the case. Refer to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the truth on any missing child chain before forwarding it on.
Category: For the Kids