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October 12, 2006

Forward Spam and save a Family that met an Accident

Filed under: Awareness — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 1:25 pm

A poor mail to get our attention, nothing from it is TRUE but someone there, really sick, wants to play with our emotions and must be happy to see it still making rounds, check the email details below (an image  of a guy is attached with the mail, Gemini.jpg).

Let’s break it and use the delete functionality next time you see this mail in your inbox and not forward to others, it’s nothing but a SPAM and help the poor guy whose photograph is being misused.

Email Details
Subject: Dear Reader (what I received) / Help (in some versions of the same mail)
From: Nirosha Silva (email address not available)
 ========= email contents start here ===============
Dear Reader,

I am writing this on behalf of my loving husband.
Everything was fine, me, my husband and our two children. We had a happy family. My husband was an Engineer in a big company. He comes home early and helps me with the house chores and plays with the children.
Our dreams was shattered in front of our eyes last week. It was a drunk lorry driver, who came on the wrong side and hit us and went.
It killed my little baby girl and left my husband paralyed. My husband is still in the hospital. His brain is damaged and he needs a operation. I need 5 lahks to save his life. I collected about 3 lahks from my friends and family. I need another 2 lahks.
I don’t want to lose him. He was such a wonderful husband & father. He still doesn’t know we lost our little girl. I am looking after my son now. Without my husband I won’t be able to takecare of him.
Please help me save my husband the one person I dearly love. I already lost my daughter and I don’t want to lose my husband as well. Please help us.
Thank you very much for your love & support. May God bless you.
Yours Truly,
Nirosha Silva
(I know you don’t like to forward mails. I am really sorry to bother you. If you have a heart and like to help a family, please forward this mail. Every mail you forward will add 5cents to AOL and they will deposit it to my bank account. Which will help me save my husband.)
Poor Guy

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  1. hee heee heee… i got this mail today, ran a search n stumbled on ur site!!! good lord!! u saved me.
    But most of the people fall prey to this emotional outburst often in an attempt to use the ‘forward’ feature to stay top of mind of thier long distance friends.

    Comment by Anon — March 26, 2007 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  2. My sincere sympathies with the gentleman shown in this pic 🙂

    Comment by Abhishek — April 24, 2007 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  3. Cool e-mail. I love it!

    Comment by Rima, CITI Bank — May 29, 2007 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  4. if this story was true,I’m sorry for this event. I hope helping this family but I’m far from USA and I don’t know how can I help their.
    I wish to the husband to get better.

    Comment by wissal — May 30, 2007 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  5. Good notification……….not only this has stopped me from forwarding this mail and cluttering other’s mailbox, I can also send this link to the person who forwarded me the mail. An eye opener, hats off to the person(s) who aired this disclosure.

    Comment by Sweetlee — July 12, 2007 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  6. oct 2006 grt . i received this today 19 july 2007!

    its still running into inboxes

    Comment by Benoy — July 20, 2007 @ 1:53 am | Reply

  7. Hey… thanks for the update. I got this email from my aunt today and searching on the name got this link. It’s sad that people can use tragedy like this to get their spamming kicks.

    Comment by Tanushree — July 31, 2007 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  8. This was just a sample… I want more info.
    1. Why someone deliberately send such a spam mail? Who is benefetted?
    2. Is there any marketing/promotional strategy behind such spams? I heard AOL wants to do a better EMAIL business in India. At present, it seems to have less users.
    3. Does any mail service provider pays money for sending spams? If yes, how can we prosecute them? What could be a legal remedy?

    Comment by Jaimini — August 8, 2007 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  9. Whenever the mail saying if you forward you will get money…………
    AOL or Microsoft pay 5 or 10 cent for each forwarded mails……….. then this should be spam mails…….. so please search in google or other search engine before you do a forward before wasting others time and affecting their emotions……..

    Comment by veeravelu — August 21, 2007 @ 12:10 am | Reply

  10. Hi Dinesh,

    Thanks are doing a great service to us all by clarifying this hoax.
    I also got this email today, but can recall seeing it last year too. How do you know it is a SPAM email? Can you answer this question- “Do AOL really pay people money for such things as a a family tragedy?”???

    I also got a picture with a woman and her three children seated. It definitely doesnt look like her house is in Sri Lanka…it looks like somewhere abroad, like New Zealand, UK, etc…look at the door locks..

    It would be greatly appreciated if you could answer these questions.

    Comment by Supun — August 30, 2007 @ 7:16 am | Reply

  11. This is a *** fake. These pictures are taken from one of my close frends. They are doing such a bad joke..Curse on the person who is doing this..U may have 100 years maximum left on earth..Rest in hell for sure

    Comment by Rasika — September 7, 2007 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  12. yeah this gal is nt in Sri lanka..believe me this is not her husband

    Comment by Rasika — September 7, 2007 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  13. this guy or gril is sooooooooooooo stupit dont be a mad be cool or pool do u have brain or u for got ur brain in the barth room , mack suver u will fund it soon and ,i hope that u wornt go to hell

    Comment by rasa — September 13, 2007 @ 6:42 am | Reply

  14. Hey!

    Thanks for the insight. I was shocked to know that this is a fake. Why? do people play on emotions?.

    May GOD bless the guy in the photo with long life.

    Comment by prabha — September 13, 2007 @ 10:04 am | Reply

  15. What a bunch of BULLSHIT!!! REALLY!! This is shocking that people have time to sit at work and wish harm on other people. ITS SO PATHETCI!

    Comment by Michelle — October 10, 2007 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  16. I received this mail today !
    First thing i want to ask .. what is lahks ????
    I search in and the result is “No results found for lahks.”
    I found that many people like to forward the mail their received. What so fun forwarding rubbish ??

    Comment by Guu — October 10, 2007 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  17. ya itz 100% spam, i hate this type of spam and GUU, Lakh is one hundred thousand (100,000)

    Comment by Bipin Mulmi — October 15, 2007 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  18. Hello everyone,

    I received this email today and the first thing I normally do is check things up on the internet! I came across this site and would like to add a few lines on this case. I would like to highlight that a person who is paralysed rarely requires brain surgery. Someone who does suffer from brain damage normally requires immediate surgery. The medical condition described in that email didn’t seem to make any sense!

    Its sad how people could come up with something like this…

    Comment by Dr Samantha Smith — October 31, 2007 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  19. Nice efforts!!!

    I’d like to lend a hand any time, just call me if you’re in need, okay.

    (: S!D 🙂

    Comment by Siddharth — November 28, 2007 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  20. Best Sri Lankan hoax i’ve ever seen ……..

    I would like to rename the subject of this mail as “Poor engineer from a big company begging for 2 laks ”

    Why the engineer is not getting paid from his big company. The company would have paid the full amount of 5 laks for this poor engineer.


    Comment by Dulan — November 29, 2007 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  21. Thanks for unearthing this hoax. I have been forwarded the hoax mail umpteen times and have already stoppe its further circulation by quoting your site. Thanks once again.

    Comment by Arun — January 5, 2008 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  22. heh, ditto the first comment you got almost a year back… got it, ran a search and stumbled on your site 🙂

    Comment by Aloka — January 25, 2008 @ 1:55 am | Reply

  23. I received this email today ..and I was little emotion and googled to find the facts, then i found this link..thank god nothing is true and good lord i didn’t forward to anyone.

    I send this website link to all the recipients .

    Comment by Punya — February 4, 2008 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  24. hey…thanx for unearthing da truth…i dun get it…wat people get from wasting other pplz time n by playing wid their emotions??!!!
    i got dis 4rm ma friend n like her i also forwarded it 2 numerous ppl, intending to help
    now i no dat its all fake…but wat abt dose ppl who actually beleived it n hav forwarded it to deir friends…wat abt dose who were so moved wid da situation dat dey had actually pooled together to raise a lumpsum amount to help dis so called fake couple???!!!i mean dis is just ridiculous!! ppl beleived it n took sum time out ov deir busy lives to raise da amount n now deir belif has shattered cuz now dey get to no dat it waz all a big joke, a prank…fake!! i also made a mistake ov forwarding dis spam to sum kind n considerate ppl but dis has surely teached me a lesson dat never such mailz again…datz a lifetime lesson learnt!! n thanx…

    Comment by Fatima Kasbati — February 28, 2008 @ 12:01 am | Reply

  25. Nice heart touch story….
    guy who wrote this can easily work with Ekta Kapoor.

    Comment by Nitesh — February 28, 2008 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  26. i don not like spam it is not my job

    Comment by pretty — February 27, 2009 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  27. Wow..I received this email 2009! ur post is dated 2006.
    I was compelled to google it after reading, but the email was already frwarded many times before it reached n i can bet most of recipients forwarded it. my sis sent me this email n before even thinking of forwarding i thought of learning more on that matter..Thsnks..have a good day..

    Comment by Vidya — September 24, 2009 @ 12:28 am | Reply

  28. this story is an outright lie. I am from Sri Lanka and the guy in this picture is a friend of mine. His name is Gamini Dissanayake. We worked in the same company sometime back. Gamini is single,and nothing like this ever happened to him.
    so if you get this email please delete it.

    Comment by dulanka — October 5, 2009 @ 9:49 am | Reply

  29. Hi,

    I really thank u for ur information ,I got this mail from an unknown person today(26/3/2010),I thought of forwarding n just to check I searched n got ur blog.

    Comment by Mangu — March 26, 2010 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  30. WTF?! see the date, You posted this news on 12 ocotober 2006 and today it’s 18 August 2010 and I got the same e-mail from my friend. I really hate these kinda emails. The people who forward these kinda e-mails don’t deserve to use internet. They don’t know anything. They are just noobs. Huh !! x-(

    Comment by Chankey — August 18, 2010 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  31. I received this email yesterday. Everyone who forwards these emails are a bunch of donkeys.

    Come to think of it, there are so many ghadhas in the world that this email has been circulating since 2007.

    Every mail you forward will add 5cents to AOL and they will deposit it to my bank account.

    I mean no one has even bothered to understand this? STUPID!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Kevin — April 19, 2011 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  32. Thanks again for the blog post.Much many thanks. Awesome.

    Comment by Amaya Chambers — March 18, 2012 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  33. […] Forward Spam and save a Family that met an Accident « Save …Oct 12, 2006 … From: Nirosha Silva (email address not available) Content: ========= email contents start here =============== Dear Reader,. I am writing … […]

    Pingback by Nirosha silva | Kickthathabit — July 12, 2012 @ 5:58 am | Reply

    • Oh..!! Now we are in 2013, But It’s still running into inboxes. Today I got the same mail..!!

      Comment by orangak — May 9, 2013 @ 11:27 am | Reply

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