Por Andrea Gomez
Date Added: Feb. 7, 2001
The words are in Spanish, but the tune is familiar. This 'help a sick child' plea seems more believable than most, but even if it was real, it won't do any good to forward it now.
Subject: Fw: REACCIONES, SEAMOS SOLIDARIOS COLOMBIANOS
No acostumbro enviar estas cadenas pero parece una buena causa.
Hola, Me llamo Andrea Gomez, tengo 6 anos. Como todos ustedes saben, el pasado lunes 2 de Octubre hubo una fuerte explosion en la ciudad de Barrancabermeja (Colombia).
Yo estaba acompanando a mis padres a pagar los impuestos del camion con el que nos ganamos la vida, en el momento de la explosion senti un fuerte golpe en mi cuerpo que me lanzo por el anden y me tiro al piso. Cuando intentelevantarme, escuche los gritos de mi madre que me llamaba y pedia que laayudara, pero no podia ver nada, asi que toque mis ojos y estaban llenos de sangre.
En este momento, me encuentro muy mal de salud, mi padre murio y mi madre esta muy lesionada en el hospital. Necesito la colaboracion de todos para hacerme una operacion que me ayudaria a recuperar la vista. Las companias de Internet me han colaborado en esta causa, por cada vez que este mensaje se reenvie a mi direccion: firstname.lastname@example.org ellos donaran $10 pesos y por cada visitante en mi pagina http://orbita.starmedia.com/~porandrea me daran $5 pesos.
Necesito tu ayuda !!!
Un ultimo favor, envia esto a todos los que puedas.
Thanks to chainbreaker Coolgal for helping with the English translation:
Subject: Fw: REACTIONS, WE ARE COLOMBIANS UNITED
I don't usually send these chains but this seems to be a good cause.
Hi, mi name is Andrea Gomez, I'm 6 years old. As you all know, last Monday, October 2, there was an explosion in Barrancabermeja, a city in Colombia.
I was accompanying my parents to pay taxes on the truck which we use as our livelihood. At the moment of the explosion I felt my body fly to the footwalk and it thru me to the ground. When I tried to get up, I heard my mother yelling for help but I couldn't see anything so I touched my eyes and they were full of blood.
At this time, my health is poor, my father died and my mother is injured and in the hospital. I need everyone's help for an operation to recover my sight. Internet companies are helping my cause, because every time this message is resent to my address, they will donate $10 pesos, and for every visit to my page they will give me 5 pesos.
I need your help !!!
One last favor, send this to everyone you can.
I think it should be a matter of common sense to try something before you send it on, but obviously, somebody has it backwards. If the sender of this message had tried the web and e-mail addresses provided, he or she would have known that they don't work.
Yes, there has been a lot of violence and fighting in Colombia and innocents have fallen victim to political and military agendas. I've gotten it from reliable sources that there was an explosion in the city of Barrancabermeja on the date in question (though none of my sources could pinpoint the exact year, they just know it was recent).
If this thing is real, then it is no longer valid. Starmedia.com has nothing on their web page about Andrea or any campaign the ISP has to save the child's life. It's possible that the campaign was real and was shut down by the ISP because of the overwhelming response to it, but that's usually accompanied by a statement on the ISPs home page.
If the message is a hoax, it shows some creativity. The author knows that the only way to track participation is through web site hits or to collect e-mails in a single mailbox, so he or she doesn't allude to some mysterious "e-mail tracking" ability. And basing it on real events gives it some extra legs.
True or false, Break the Chain!